August 14, 2016

Threshing Bee at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Posted by: Jennifer

On August 20, 2016, get back to nature and learn about the old ways of performing farm chores. The Threshing Bee at the Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00pm and includes exhibits, food, and information about the Norwegian heritage common in the coulee region of Wisconsin. The heritage center is set on 400 acres of donated land and includes hiking trails, natural areas, and an old farmstead.

See antique farm equipment and watch some of the machinery in action. Knowledgeable docents will be available to explain the purpose of the equipment and how it worked.

Other events will take place that Saturday too. At 10:30 am, enjoy a guided hike on Pine Loop Trail. The guide will point out special features of the land, wildlife, and plants native to the area.

Get a guided tour of the Bekkum Homestead at 11:00 am or at 1:00 pm. You will learn about the original log buildings built by Norwegian immigrants. The buildings include a house and summer kitchen, barn, blacksmith shed, corn crib, chicken coop, and more structures needed to have a working farm. The buildings are arranged in a “U” shape – typical of a Norwegian farmstead.

Learn about Bee Keeping and Honey Making at 11:30 am. Get the scoop on making Bourbon Maple Syrup at 1:00 pm. (That sounds like a great way to warm-up in the cold Wisconsin winters!)

Perhaps the most anticipated event of the day is the special Threshing Bee Dinner, catered by Borgens.  The luncheon, served at 11:30 am, includes beef tips and gravy and all the fixings, topped off with homemade pie. Cost is $13/adult, $6 for children under 10. Reservations are required for this special, traditional meal. Call 608-452-3424 to save your place at the luncheon table!

Back to Nature Threshing Bee, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. August 20 at Norskedalen! Expect good food, good fun, and great experience! Plan to join us at N455 O Ophus Rd., Coon Valley, WI!

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