March 30, 2015


An April Visit to Racine County

Early spring is a wonderful time to get acquainted — or re-acquainted — with Racine County events and activities. Art, theater, live music and lots of fun is in store for you in April.

The pristine white walls of the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., house the season's most untraditional exhibition. The RAM 6th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition features 88 entries showcasing the talents of more than 104 artists. Each of the artworks is fashioned from that colorful, marshmallow candy, PEEPs! This show, which runs through Sunday, April 12, is expected to attract more than 3,000 visitors to the museum during its three-week run. Entries are judged by a panel of experts, based on creativity and best use or representation of PEEPS. In addition, one lucky artist will take home the coveted PEEPles Choice Award where the community votes for their favorite creation. RAM is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Easter Sunday, April 5. Admission, $5; children age 12 and younger, free. 262-638-8300 or visit

First Fridays kicks off its 2015 season on Friday, April 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine.  This marks the 10th anniversary of this popular event, which is hosted on the first Fridays of April through December by independently owned Downtown businesses. Everyone is invited to the anniversary celebration and unveiling of the 10th anniversary First Fridays logo starting at 5 p.m. at Uncorkt, 240 Main St. The Racine Art Museum (see story above) will have FREE admission until 9 p.m. First Fridays will also include horse-drawn carriage rides with Black Tie Carriage Service, shopping specials, art exhibits, food and beverage specials and a great chance to explore the historic shopping destination. Visit

Kids, ages 10 and younger, and their parents/guardians are invited to hop down the bunny trail to the Racine Zoo's Egg-Stravaganza, 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Activity stations include face painting, cookie decorating, arts and crafts plus a special meet-and-greet with the zoo's Animal Ambassadors. The Easter Bunny will be there as well. The zoo is at 2131 N. Main St. Regular zoo admission applies: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 kids ages 3 to 15 years old. Kids under 3 admitted free. Racine County residents with valid photo ID receive $1 off. Visit
A drama based on the Newberry Award-winning book, "The Giver" runs weekends April 10-19 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. In this story, 12-year-old Jonas is selected to succeed his regulated society's "The Giver," the person retains memories of life before "sameness." Soon, Jonas is struggling with the hypocrisy of his utopian world. For tickets and showtimes, call 262-633-4218 or visit

Jean's Jazz Series concludes its 2015 season with performances by Swing Chevron and Cold Sweat with the Brew City Horns at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This super group's jazz compositions are centered around jazz violin. Tickets are $17 adults; $15 seniors and $5 students. Call 262-633-4218 or visit

A comedy (of errors) called "Delivery" fills the stage at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington weekends April 10-19. A hospital's accidental overbooking forces two couples to share baby delivery in the same room. For tickets and show times, call 262-763-9873 or visit

The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., presents the thought-provoking drama, "The Giver" weekends April 10-19. This play explores the feelings of a young boy living in a utopian society. For tickets and showtimes, call 262-633-4218 or visit

Racine's Over Our Head Players produce their spring comedy "Pageant Play" at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, weekends April 17 through May 3. This satire of children's beauty contests has money, intrigue and lots of laughs. Call 262-632-6802 or visit

The Racine Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2015 Masterworks Concert season with "A Composition in Time" Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Special guest artists are the winner of the RSO Young Artists Competition and Racine County high school musicians. Admission is $23 in advance; $25 at the door. Students age 20 and younger free. For tickets, call 262-636-9285 or visit

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