NEWaukee presents a progressive dinner and music event on the Seven Bridges trail within Grant Park. Guests will wander through the forest, sip and sample local food and beverages as they make their way to the beach to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Michigan on a warm summer evening.
Tickets are $35 each and include six food and beer samples. A cash bar will be available on the beach at the end of the trail. If you want to experience the night hike and not sample food or beer, there is no charge to attend.
NO DAY-OF TICKETS WILL BE SOLD OR AVAILABLE.
For $35 you will be treated to:
- Illuminated night hike down to Lake Michigan
- 6 food sampling stations from local restaurants
- 6 beer/beverage sampling stations
- Pop up live acoustic music
- Your final tasting of BBQ will be served on the beach where you will find bonfires and live music.
About 7 Bridges Trail:
“Enter this wild wood and view the haunts of nature.” As you wind your way through the ravine on unpaved and lannon stone paths, lannon stone staircases, and numerous foot bridges, you’ll discover the delights of nature – a carpet of spring wildflowers, the songs of migratory birds, fabulous fall color, the refreshing sound of water rushing in a brook. Following the trails, you’ll be led among enormous trees such as the native beech, along creeks, into secluded areas, and onto the shore of Lake Michigan.
In the early 1900s, Frederick C. Wulff, the first Superintendent of Horticulture for the park system, developed paths which served as the foundation of the Seven Bridges Trail. He lived with his family in what is now the park’s overnight lodge, grew nursery stock in the Wil-O-Way area, planted many of the non-native trees found in the park, and raised pheasants and geese here.
In the ’30s, the trail was further developed as a Works Progress Administration project. It required a crew of over 200 Civilian Conservation Corps workers to construct retaining walls along creek beds and throughout the ravine, and to create lannon stone paths and staircases.
Over the years the trail system declined, but in 1995–96, five young members of the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, trained by Park Maintenance staff, reconstructed damaged sections of the trail, rebuilt staircases and six bridges, added railings and signs, and remodeled the overnight lodge. The covered bridge was renovated by Parks Maintenance staff.
Enter Grant Park at South Lake Drive and Park Avenue. Follow signs to picnic area 5 and 6. Park in the lot by picnic area 5.
Please do not park directly in front of the trail as registration and the starting point will be in picnic area 5.