Wisconsin Dells Trip

July 9-12, 2008

Brazil Concert Band

Account written by Matthew S. Huber, Director, Brazil Concert Band and Jackson Township Band

Photos by Melanie, Janelle, and Matt Huber and Linda Steppe

†††††††††††† The Brazil Concert Band chose Wisconsin Dells as its trip for the Sesquicentennial year of 2008. Forty members of the BCB and friends and relatives drove to this unique setting of beauty, theme parks and glitz for a three-night stay. From Brazil, the Dells is right at 400 miles away.


†††††††††††† Depending on how fast or slow one drove, the trip up to the Dells by car was around six and one half hours. Our own Dr. Martin Dixon and wife flew his airplane there in just three hours.

†††††††††††† We drove to Clinton, Indiana and took US 63 to I-74. From here, we headed west on 74 through Danville, Champaign-Urbana and on over to Bloomington, Illinois before heading north on I-39. We were delayed going through Champaign-Urbana due to an overturned fuel truck on 74. Rockford also had a bottleneck as construction slowed us a bit. Finally we hit Wisconsin with those familiar broad valleys and big hills. At this point we always notice a change in terrain from our neck of the woods.


†††††††††††† We took the Dells exit by the Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge water parks and hotels. We've stayed at both with our friends Alexa and Steven Chun through the years. Always the military collector on the prowl for an addition to his collection, Matt's first stop was the huge antique mall just off I-94. He'd been at that one before and he did make a purchase.


†††††††††††† From here, our family went into town and found our hotel to let them know our people were arriving. Andy and Betty Whittington pulled in the same time as the Huberís. We then went into town on Broadway to Superior Street and entered the Wisconsin Dells Visitors and Convention Bureau where we put a face with the lady whom we had communicated with by email so many times over the past six months, Michelle Zuelke. Michelle walked us over to our playing site and we were very pleased with the surroundings. From here, our family went to our favorite Dells pizza joint, the Pizza Villa. Matt and John visited still another antique mall as Janelle and Melanie awaited the veggie laden pizza.


†††††††††††† Both John and Janelle increased their collection of "antique" 33 LP records on this trip and Janelle purchased a one hundred year old German piccolo.


†††††††††††† Most of our delegation stayed at AmericInn located very near to all the action. Melanie Huber, trip coordinator, found this less than two-year-old facility for us. It was, indeed, first class with a great staff, fine surroundings and very clean. The inn reminded us of a northwest lodge with its rugged wood appearance, mounted deer heads and hanging lamps made of stag horns. A tasty breakfast bar awaited us each morning and it was free.

The Dixons flew in.

Steven and Alexa Chun

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