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Make plans now to attend Open House Racine County (OHRC), a free, one-day exploration of the county’s most interesting places from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

Now in its second year, OHRC will give visitors access to more than 60 local treasures. Returning from the 2016 event are such popular sites as rural Rochester’s Earthcare Suri Alpacas, the Chocolate Experience Museum in downtown Burlington, the Racine Masonic Center (Henry S. Durand Mansion), Racine Fire Department and the world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Wingspread home in Wind Point.

Among the new sites to OHRC are the Spectrum School of the Arts located at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Burlington’s Spinning Top Museum, the Racine VFW’s Veterans Museum and Oak Clearing Farm (recently featured on the cable TV show “American Pickers”) near Union Grove.

Visit the OHRC website ( to create your own itinerary from unusual businesses, architectural gems and civic buildings. Look for the blue-and-white OHRC banner outside each location. Visitors will be greeted by volunteers/representatives (with maps) at each site. An event map and site descriptions will appear in a newspaper insert in early May.

You’re invited to share your OHRC favorites on social media – use hashtag #OHRC17

OHRC is presented by Real Racine, Racine County’s destination marketing organization. Major sponsors are: Travel Wisconsin, House of Harley-Davidson, Wisconsin Public Radio and Magnum Media – parent company of Racine radio stations WRJN and 92.1 FM The Shore.

Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...