Posted on Wednesday April 22, 2020 by Vanessa Lenz

Sending the Love: East Troy news to brighten your day

Our community has been so creative, giving and supportive during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Here's some feel-good news to make you smile.

Community Center gives back with drive- up community meal, fixin's

The East Troy Area Intergenerational Community Center will be hosting a free drive up Community Meal on Saturday, April 25 beginning at noon until gone. Volunteers will be handing out 60 bags of a complete dinner for six with the fixin's – family size lasagna, bread, butter, garlic salt, vegetables, milk and desert.

The pick up will be at East Troy Village Square Park, 2881 Main St., starting at noon. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served pick up. Meals are available to anyone in need. No questions asked. Please drive up in your car, pop your trunk and volunteers will put the bag in so there is no contact.

This event is being made possible through donations from several local churches, Kiwanis Club of Greater East Troy and the East Troy Community Center who is coordinating and hosting the event.

Little Free Library stocked with food & goods

East Troy Good Samaritans have turned their Little Free Libraries into Little Free Pantries.

East Troy currently has two honor-system book cabinets, which are now stocked with things like canned food, pasta and even toilet paper for those in need. Donations are also accepted. 

Little Free Pantries are located at:

3050 South St.


2966 Union St.  
(former Pickwick Inn)

East Troy Brewery brings back ETHS nostalgia every Wednesday

East Troy Brewery is bringing back a beloved school lunch menu item for East Troy High School Alumni: The German Hamburger Roll.

The brewery's Chef Ashley unveiled her version of the East Troy speciality last week and it quickly sold out. Call ahead for carryout from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Orders will be accepted starting at noon.


East Troy Brewery, 2905 Main St., will be offering to go/ curbside orders. Crowler pick up ($10 special) is also available.

Carry out hours are:

Wednesday - 4 to 7 p.m. - Hamburger Rolls, Beer and Batched Cocktails
Thursday - 4 to 7 p.m. - Full Takeaway Menu, Beer and Batched Cocktails
Friday - 4 to 7 p.m. - Fish Fry, Full Takeaway Menu, Beer and Batched Cocktails

Saturday- noon to 4 p.m. - Beer and Batched Cocktails
Saturday- 4 to 7 p.m. - Full Takeaway Menu, Beer and Batched Cocktails
Sunday - noon to 4 p.m.- Pizza Menu, Beer and Batched Cocktails

Here's To Go ordering process. Orders are most easily placed by phone - (262) 642-2670
1) Check out the Brewery's new takeaway menu click here
2) Call East Troy Brewery at (262) 642-2670 to place your order and pay with a credit/debit card.
3) East Troy Brewery will confirm pick-up time.
4) Drive to the brewery and park in the lot near the back doors.
5) Call the brewery (262) 642-2670 and let them know you've arrived.
6) Staff will bring the order to your car.

For more information, visit

East Troy Schools kick off Happy Heart Challenge

The East Troy Community School District kicked off a virtual Happy Heart Challenge on Wednesday, April 22, asking students, families and East Troy residents to show encouragement by decorating their windows and doors with colorful hearts. Click here to see some hearts to "hunt."

Giving Back

The district is also providing meals, free of charge, to all children under age 18. Meal pick up is Monday-Friday at the East Troy Middle School auditorium entrance, 3143 Graydon Ave., between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, Battle Bags (filled with essential supplies) are also available during the school designated breakfast/lunch pick up times. Simply ask for a battle bag with the number of lunches you are requesting.

East Troy Police help homebound seniors

The Town of East Troy Police Department has launched a successful program to provide needed items for homebound seniors.

Residents are invited to drop off rolls of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, adult diapers, personal hygiene items, and nonperishable food items at the East Troy Town Hall, N9330 Stewart School Road.

If you are 62 years of age or older and need a roll or two of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, adult diapers, or nonperishable food items, call (262) 642-3700. Police will arrange to have an officer stop by and drop the item(s) off outside of your front door.

Food Pantry feeds the need

The East Troy Food Pantry has a new Facebook page to make sure the people that live in the East Troy School District have a place to go to get accurate information about what is happening at the food pantry. Click here for updates.

The East Troy Food Pantry, 2861 Austin St., is open on Tuesdays from 7:30-11 a.m. and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. If it is your first time visiting, please bring along a driver's license or a state issued ID along with a bill or piece of mail showing your current address.  The food pantry is also offering drive up services and appointment based hours. For more information, call (262) 642-4357.

• East Troy residents can also utilized the Walworth County Food & Diaper Bank, 205 E. Commerce Ct., Elkhorn, which is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call (262) 723-4488.

• The United Way of Walworth County also continues to provide resources and support related to the Coronavirus, including emergency housing assistance funds.  Please visit the link below for additional information on resources available and ways to donate:


If you are looking to donate, please make checks out to East Troy Food Pantry and mail to P.O. Box 233, East Troy, WI 53120. Monetary and food donations can be dropped off at the pantry. You can also drop off food donations at collection barrels at Frank’s Piggly Wiggly, 3238 Main St., or Martin’s Hardware-Rental & Pet, 3288 Main St.

See your friends during virtual Trivia at the Hive

The Hive Taproom will host Tim’s Taproom Virtual Trivia on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Teams can sign up here: CLICK HERE


The Hive Taproom, W2463 County Rd ES, will be open for drive-up crowler pick-ups Tuesdays - Fridays. Stop by from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for your To Go mead.

Order your cans-to-go online at any time, pay for your order, drive up during pick-up hours (4-6 p.m.), and the Hive staff will put 'em right in your car.

Drive-up crowler pick-up hours:
Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.


Wednesday Mead Raffle

The Hive's Mead Raffle is back! Get a raffle ticket for every crowler* ordered and picked up. Winner gets a $20 gift card to be used toward any crowler or 4–pack.
*one ticket per 4–pack or 25oz crowler

Saturday Yoga

Yoga instructor, Ashlee, is back with a live virtual practice from the taproom at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit:

Celebrate Earth Day virtually

Join Gateway Technical College's annual Celebrate Earth Day event online, happening now.

"While we aren't able to hold our in-person event this year, we are excited to find a new way to share environmental resources, fun activities you can do at home, and engage the community in a meaningful conversation about our planet," Gateway announced.

The Facebook Event will run all day on Wednesday, April 22 until 5 p.m. Tune in to learn how you can help the environment and to share your favorite tips, activities and more. Click here for details.

Learn more about Gateway's annual Celebrate Earth Day event at

For disability accommodations for this event, contact (262) 564-3062

Pick Up Pizza on the Farm

Grassway Organics, W2716 Friemoth Road,  will host Pick Up Only Pizza on the Farm on Saturdays in May from 4 to 7 p.m. You will be able to stay in vehicle during your adventure to the farm.

All the meat and cheese is produced from Grassway Organics Farm and the veggies are from a local CSA. Enjoy hand crafted crusts including gluten free options. Click here for details. 

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