Zillmer-Reuss Dinner

You're invited! Friday, September 30, 2022

Join Ice Age Trail Alliance staff for a hike (optional) and celebratory dinner honoring Yellow Blaze Club and Burr Oak Legacy Society members.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Zillmer-Reuss Dinner
A rock staircase winds upward. Photo by Michele Chytracek.

Hike details:

1:30 p.m.: Meet at the Vintage Brewing Company  parking lot (600 Water Street, Sauk City, 53583)

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Hike – Enjoy a 3.5-mile saunter along the Gibraltar Rock Segment.

You’ll take a bus from the Vintage Brewing Company to the ferry wayside trailhead. From there, you’ll enjoy a guided hike through the Steenbock Preserve, where you’ll learn about the Lodi Valley Chapter’s ongoing restoration efforts. When you reach Slack Road, a bus will transport you to the next trailhead. From there, you’ll ascend an elegant stone staircase (built by MSC volunteers) to enjoy bucolic views from Gibraltar Rock. This flat-topped butte, with its 200-foot sheer cliffs, offers a spectacular panorama of the Wisconsin River valley and Lake Wisconsin. Finally, enjoy a meandering downhill stroll back to the bus.

View Map [PDF].

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Travel back to the Vintage Brewing Company; Enjoy a little downtime until festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Zillmer-Reuss Annual Dinner
A wind-swept cedar perches on the edge. Photo by Kelly Anklam.

Dinner details:

5:00 pm: Socializing, appetizers, and cash bar at the Vintage Brewing Company (600 Water Street, Sauk City, 53583).

6:00 – 8:00 pm: Dinner and program. The evening’s speaker, John Hildebrand, Professor Emeritus of English, UW-Eau Claire, will share stories from his book, Long Way Round, which chronicles traveling around Wisconsin by canoe.

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Zillmer-Reuss Dinner
A sweet spot to rest weary feet. Photo by Kelly Anklam.

Lodging options:

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Zillmer-Reuss Dinner
A well-loved view. Photo by Brian Olsberg.

This event recognizes members of our organization who take the long view. With an eye on the future, your support sustains the mission and work of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. It also ensures the Ice Age National Scenic Trail will be here for future generations.

Your annual donations and legacy gifts bring us closer to “someday.” A future where a continuous, blazed Ice Age Trail immerses hikers in a complete narrative detailing Wisconsin’s glacial story.

This gathering allows Alliance staff to express our gratitude for your willingness to support Ray Zillmer’s vision and embody the spirit of partnership exemplified in the friendship of Zillmer and Henry Reuss.