TOWN OF LISBON - This year marks the 180th anniversary of the pioneer settlement of what was to become the township of Lisbon.
The Lisbon Park Committee is using the annual Lisbon Heritage Weekend — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 — as a chance to commemorate the anniversary.
Lisbon's annual Winterfest was canceled because of poor weather conditions in January, making Heritage Weekend even more important to bring the community together, said Town Park Chairwoman Marlene Kumitsch.
The event, held at the Lisbon Community Park, N78 W26970 Bartlett Parkway, will feature two new components this year: a unit of German World War II re-enactors and an exhibit on the mammals of Wisconsin.
“We’re trying to bring history to the people in a format where it’s life instead of a book," Kumitsch said. "Everyone can interact, and it’s much more meaningful than if you just look at a picture.”
The 1,200 community members who attended last year's event will again get to experience the presentation of colonial heritage, Romanian and Renaissance dancers, the firing of an 1860s cannon and long rifles, and tomahawk-throwing lessons.
More than 75 re-enactors representing dozens of historical periods will be on site during the weekend. There will be a children’s area where they can play historical children’s games, as well as musicians representing historical periods, including an American Indian flute player.
Participate in a tram tour at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. to learn about historical grave sites at the Lisbon-Merton Union Cemetery. Sign up for tours at the entrance table.
This family event is free; proceeds from the sales of food and beverages and the silent auction will benefit the Heritage Weekend fund to keep the annual event running.
“We’re here for the people and to bring enjoyment, and I’m so glad we can do this," Kumitsch said.