26 things to do in winter: part 4


Tonight is the final Wisconsin Herd home game of 2017 (don’t worry – plenty of games in 2018), and the arena is also hosting a New Year’s Day Harlem Globetrotters session.  But there is much more happening in and around town this winter.

A full 26 Things To Do In Winter was published in the new Oshkosh Independent Magazine.  Subscriptions are available here.  You can see part 1 here , part 2 here, and part 3 here. We will be publishing several ideas each week through Feb. 2018 to help you through this upcoming season.

19. The Backlot: Oshkosh’s Backlog Comedy Club has helped Oshkosh residents pee their pants from laughing for almost five years and has no plans for stopping. Shows are scheduled straight through winter every Friday and Saturday evening, where you will engage in laughing, crying from laughing and eventually peeing from laughing. Shows include both scripted sketch comedy and improv (think Saturday Night Live-ish), with beer and soda available. Note that shows may veer into crude humor verging on PG-13, and the crew recommends that you wear clothes to their shows. And for those of you who have always laughed at your jokes told in the mirror, the Backlot welcomes you to an audition or upcoming acting class.

18. Thrasher Opera House: The Thrasher is one of Wisconsin’s small-town gems, and features an ongoing schedule of professional musicians, engaging theater, and entertaining acts. From the Dead Horses on Jan. 27 to Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee JD Souther, the Thrasher is worth the 45-minute drive to Green Lake.

4. The Wisconsin Herd and Other Hoops: Professional hoops has returned to Oshkosh, and the community’s hoops spirit has been ignited. With 21 home games scheduled between Dec. 1 and March 23 at the new Menominee Nation Arena, there are many opportunities for you to see some fast-paced basketball right in downtown Oshkosh. Tickets range from $10 to $33 and are available at www.ticketstaronline.com. A great way to start 2018 will come when the arena hosts the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 1 for a 1 p.m. show of hoops wizardry.

Volunteers help out at the Day by Day Warming Shelter in downtown Oshkosh

1. Volunteer: Did you know that places like the Grand Oshkosh, Day by Day Warming Shelter, Oshkosh Food Pantry, Oshkosh Public Library rely on volunteers who donate their valuable time to help strengthen our community and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and friends? Did you know that City Hall has nearly 100 volunteers serving on advisory boards and commissions, helping to provide guidance and improve accountability in our local government? If you choose just one activity off of this list, make it volunteering.

(herd photo by Adam Jungwirth)


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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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