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Back to School Potluck

UPDATE:  The Astor Neighborhood Back to School potluck has been moved to First Lutheran's basement, 743 S. Monroe Ave. (across from the band shell), still at 6 PM tonight.


The Astor Neighborhood annual Back to School potluck is planned for this Tues. Sept. 04, at St. James Park, beginning at 6 PM. Chef Devin Summers will once again provide hot dogs and hamburgers (courtesy of American Foods), buns, potato salad, baked beans, relish trays, condiments, plates, silverware, and napkins. Bottled water and pop also be provided. Please bring a dish to pass, and yourselves.

Feel free to contact Pastor Paul Schleis ( if there are any questions. In case of inclement weather, the meal will be moved to the basement of First Ev. Lutheran Church, across from the St. James bandshell.

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Do you love historical homes and would like to hear their stories?  “If Homes These Could Talk” is an annual event in partnership with the Astor Neighborhood Association (ANA) and the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) to document the social and architectural history of the Astor Neighborhood. In February of 1980, the Astor Historic District officially came into being and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places. As such, it was designated as a neighborhood worthy of recognition and preservation.  For our tour homeowners provide written signs and graphics to be placed in front their homes, telling stories and offering information from the recent or not-so-recent past.  Some may allow us in their homes or gardens and tell us tales of past residents. This year’s guided walking tour will take place on September 15th 2018 from 10AM to 12:30PM throughout the twenty-five-block of the District. The Tour will start at Union Congregational Church. During the Civil War era, the church was, at one point, on the "Underground Railroad", which assisted escaped slaves in gaining their freedom. From there you will be divided in groups with a Tour Leader to guide you to the 15 participating homes. A Tour of Historical Hazelwood; home to the Brown County Historical Society, is also included with your ticket! Built overlooking the historic Fox River, Hazelwood was originally the home of the Morgan and Elizabeth Martin family who were a political and cultural force in the city and state for almost one hundred years. It is filled with many original furnishings, family photographs, paintings and artifacts. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1964. The walk is also a fundraiser for each of us to continue to our missions of historical preservation. Please join us, bring a friend and put on your walking shoes!

Tickets are 15.00 (plus handling) and are on sale now on the Brown County Historical Society website:  

See you in September!


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ANA Annual Wine Tasting Event

Astor Neighbors, it is once again time to for our Annual Wine Tasting party! This event has been held in our neighborhood for years, and we are proud to keep the tradition. This years homes will not disappoint! Our first home will provide exceptional hors d'oeuvres and white wine. Our second home, right next door, will also provide provisions and red wine. Both hosts have graciously offered their beautiful Astor homes and we are so appreciative. You will be able to see many exciting home updates. Our proceeds will go to Astor Neighborhood Association, to put towards the many events we host throughout the year, including Easter Egg Hunt, Back to School Picnic, If Homes Could Talk Historic Walk....

Please register today! Our event will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:00pm. You can register by emailing, or call/text at 920-471-7867. Cost is $30 per person, or $55 per couple (after February 6, price will increase). Please help support our wonderful neighborhood association!

Also, we need some help! Do you have a business, or would you like to donate items to our silent auction or raffle? Or would you like to lend a helping hand as we prepare for this event? Please let us know! We appreciate any help you can provide!

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