Put the outdoors back on your list of winter fun. The gem that is Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve is a delightful place to stretch your legs in the brisk air amidst hardwood and conifer forests, wetlands and prairies. And don’t let snow stop you; it’s a perfect spot to snowshoe. You can rent a pair at the Nature Center for $5 if you don’t have your own.
An important part of the upcoming AppleFest is the baking contest. Pies, cakes, cookies–any recipe that contains apples–is eligible. Judges consider presentation, appearance, taste, texture and recipe. Last year’s winner was a caramel pecan apple cheesecake.