As we head into October, we’re looking forward to Halloween fun. But there are still plenty of options for entertainment that don’t feature ghosts and witches.

We’re still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, however, meaning you need to practice social distancing whenever possible and keep your mask handy. (Wear it ABOVE your nose, please!)

Now get out there and revel in the beauty of fall in the Midwest:

Digital Shakespeare
The fall theater season at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside continues with a comedic take on the works of William Shakespeare.

The frantic comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” directed by Dylan Roberts, will be live streamed at 10 a.m. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 18. In this show, three actors attempt to perform everything written by Shakespeare in one evening’s worth of entertainment.

The first act features short versions of some of his works. In the second half, the actors perform “Hamlet” as a 40-minute version (complete with a full audience participation workshop), a five-minute version, a 40-second version, and then … BACKWARDS.

Virtual tickets are free and must be requested. Go to and scroll down through the fall semester shows. Each show has a “request ticket” square at the bottom of the show description. Clicking on that box brings you to a page where you can receive “virtual tickets” to the show’s live stream. Requests will be granted in the order they are received until the maximum number of virtual guests has been reached.
Apple picking
It’s high season at Apple Holler, which means cars stack up outside the venue, located off I-94 at Highway KR in Yorkville. If you can get there during the week, you might not have to park three states away.

Apple picking is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Varieties being picked now include Rosalee, Cameo, Macoun, Snowsweet, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Crimson Crisp, Shizuka and Cortland apples.

Visitors are asked to stay a minimum of 6 feet (preferably more) away from other visitors and staff at all times. Also, all visitors must wear a face mask. Visitors will also find several outdoor handwashing stations available for use. The venue’s indoor restaurant’s main dining room, bakery, gift shop, and farm park remain closed at this time, but the orchard market and Cider & Bakery Barn are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For details about pricing and apple picking procedures, go to

Art classes
The Kenosha Art Association — which has adapted to offering in-person classes at Kemper Center during the COVID-19 global pandemic — is offering a new slate of classes:

Breast Cancer Awareness Spa Bag Class: Class is 10 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Participants will decorate a pink tote bag and make spa-type items to put into the bag. Note: The bags are designed for personal use, or you can give a bag to a cancer survivor. Part of the proceeds from class fees will be donated to Circle of Hope in Kenosha, which helps breast cancer patients. $30 ($20 for KAA members). Minimum class size is five people; maximum size is 10 people.

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