A Place for That Ugly Sweater - And Things to Do Next Week

Ready or not, the holidays are here! Real Racine has picks for things to see and do.

Ready or not - the holidays are here!  Regardless of how or where you spend the holidays, all of us at Real Racine send our best wishes. Here are our picks for things to do in Racine County.

Celebrate that ugly Christmas sweater!  OK, admit it. Somewhere in a closet or a drawer lurks a gosh-awful, ugly Christmas sweater. You can put it to good use and have some fun at the Ugly Sweater Food Drive and Festivus Extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 23 starting at 8 p.m. Just wear that sweater and bring two or more nonperishable food items to McAuliffes' Pub, 3700 Meachem Road. You'll get free admission to the party with live music and help out the Racine County Food Bank. Organizers promise to take a "big ol' family picture" of all those sweaters!  For details, call 262-554-9695.  

Take in a sports exhibit. Looking for a post-Christmas activity next week?  The Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., has a new, major exhibit "A Sense of Us: Racine County Through Sports." The exhibit highlights the history and impact that sports have had on the lives of Racine County people. It was unveiled a few weeks ago with the first inductions of the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free; donations are welcome. www.racineheritagemuseum.org 

Visit the art museum. While you're Downtown, stroll into the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., for its current exhibits. You can see "Russian Lacquer Boxes," "Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads," "To Wear or Not to Wear" and "Kim Cridler: My Wisconsin Home."  RAM is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.ramart.org

See some great new art.  There's more art to be viewed at  the "Watercolor Wisconsin 2011" exhibition at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This year's show features 126 pieces by 84 Wisconsin artists. The Wustum is open from 10  a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

A mitten reminder.  Real Racine is accepting gently used or new mittens and gloves to be donated to local charitable organizations. Drop off your donations in  the collection bin at the Real Racine Visitor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (Highway 20) by Jan. 15.


Merry Christmas everybody!! To keep up on things to see and do in  Racine County, visit our website at www.realracine or "like" us on Facebook,. www.facebook.com/realracine

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