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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/




Packers Fans Enjoy Night on Broadway at Lombardi

Posted Nov 2, 2010

It wasn’t quite Lambeau Field East, but New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre might as well have been this past Saturday night as hundreds of Packers fans enjoyed the Broadway production of Lombardi.

With the Packers facing the Jets Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium, a number of fans of the Green and Gold took advantage of the opportunity to make it a New York weekend and filled a majority of the 800-plus seats in the venue.

Along with Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, more than 160 members of the Packers front office, members of its board of directors and guests took in the play. Another large contingent from Packer Fan Tours was in attendance, as were other small groups of Packers fans from Wisconsin and around the country.

And with the better-than-average knowledge of Lombardi lore, the Packers and Green Bay, the audience provided an energized atmosphere for the performance.

“Tonight was a special night for us, knowing how many Packers fans were going to be here,” Tony Ponturo, one of the play’s producers, said to the group during a special talk-back session with the cast after the play. “We’re glad you enjoyed the production. It means a lot to us.”

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy was invited to the stage and thanked the cast on behalf of the Packers clan.

“We’re proud of what you accomplished with the play,” he said. “Especially tonight for all our Packers fans here. You really captured Lombardi so well and gave us special memories.

“We wish you a great run and great success…And we hope to beat the Jets tomorrow.”

David Maraniss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the best-selling biography, “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,” on which the play was based, was anxious to see how this audience reacted to the play’s dialogue. He was particularly interested in the response to a line that Marie Lombardi utters about a Green Bay store, Prange’s. The audience loved it.

“I’ve been waiting for months to see how they would respond to that, with their knowledge of the details in the play,” Maraniss said with a smile. “It was a great atmosphere tonight with all the people from Green Bay and Wisconsin in the audience…Really enjoyable.”

Beyond the general enjoyment fans from Green Bay had for the play, some in the audience had an even deeper appreciation based on first-hand relationships with the legendary coach.

For Carol Edwin, who was hired as a receptionist by Lombardi in 1965 and retired in 2008, it was a trip down memory lane.

“That truly was the way Lombardi was, with the intensity that Dan (Lauria) portrayed him. The offices were so small, you could hear him yelling at the players in the meeting rooms. He truly was more upset if they won but played poorly, than when they lost but played well,” she said, agreeing with moment in the play that relayed Lombardi’s legendary temper around the office.

“They really did an awesome job. Judith was outstanding as Marie, too.”

Tom Olejniczak, son of former Packers president Dominic Olejniczak and now a member of the Packers’ board of directors who was on the trip, was 10 years old when Lombardi came to Green Bay and had the opportunity to experience his tenure as he grew up.

“I told Dan he completely was on the mark with Lombardi,” said Olejniczak. “It was amazing. He had the voice, the accent, the mannerisms. He did get after everyone on the practice field, just as we saw in the play. He got after me a few times, ‘Tommy, get the hell off the field.’ “

The large number of Packers fans in the audience was another “celebrity” group to have attended the play. Other notables that have enjoyed the production recently are Regis Philbin, Jack Klugman, Tony Danza, Bill Cowher, Don Shula, and even Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

All have enjoyed seeing Lombardi come to life on stage, just as his former players have done. Many of them, including Jerry Kramer and Jim Taylor, saw the production opening night, Oct. 21.

Others, including more Packers fans, as well as football fans and theatre aficionados in general, also will come to see the legend live on and take a step back in time to experience cherished history.

For more information on the play, go to www.lombardibroadway.com.

To see photos from Lombardi on Broadway, click here.

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