Events & Updates

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Use the Wilderness Campground Events Calendar to plan your next stay! We have tons of fun theme weekends, special deal weekends and much more all throughout our camping season! You'll love the variety of events we offer, and all the fun things to do around the Marquette County area!

Please Note:
All Events & Theme Weekends at Wilderness Campground are subject to change without notice. Make sure your choice weekends are booked at the Wilderness Campground!

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: April 5 - 2022 Reservation Book Opens

: April 16-18 New Season Celebration

FRIDAY

4pm – 8pm Friday Night Fish Fry (Fish, Shrimp or Chicken Meals $9.99 + tx) Call 608.297.2002 to pre-order.

4pm – 8pm Get a New Season, New Year Balloon at check-in for your chance to win a prize!

SATURDAY

9am Wilderness Kid’s Craft 

11am Wilderness Freeze Yo Butt Off Plunge – Meet at Bonnie Lake

6:00 pm – 9pm Welcome Back! Campfire and music across from the office. Beer. Cheese and Crackers (while supplies last)

SUNDAY

We hope you enjoyed your weekend with us! We look forward to seeing you again this summer! If you think we’re doing well, be sure to leave us a review on our Facebook page! If you think we have something to work on, please let us know in the office so we have a chance to make it right ASAP!

 

: April 23-25 Bring A Buddy Camping Weekend

Must call to make reservation for the FREE buddy site. Reservations made online will NOT be refunded for discount as discounts cannot be applied online.

Download a Copy of the Weekend Handout 

FRIDAY

4 PM – 8 PM FAMILY FUN SCAVENGER HUNT – START AT OFFICE (EVERY SCAVENGER HUNT ENTRY TURNED IN IS ENTERED INTO WIN A $50 CAMPGROUND GIFT CERTIFICATE

SATURDAY

10 am – Pick Up Your Wilderness Busy Kid Kit – Bird Feeder

1:00 p.m. Kid’s Games in the Activity Field – MEET AT ACTIVITY FIELD NEAR JUMPING PILLOW

6PM – COME HELP US MAKE HAY! WAGON RIDE AROUND THE CAMPGROUND

6pm – 9pm MUSIC & CAMPFIRE ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE

: April 30 - May 2 Down & Derby

Spring Camp at Wilderness Campground- Montello for only $35/night on a w/e site. (Rates slightly higher on w/e/s site)
10 am – Pick Up Your Wilderness Busy Kid Kit – Kentucky Derby Packet (Pick up at Snack bar window)
4:00 p.m. Kid’s DERBY HAT CONTEST – For a Chance to Win a Prize! – Meet at office
5:30 Adult’s Derby Hat Competition – Win some wilderness apparel! – Meet at office
5:57 pm Kentucky Derby – Pavilion
6:30 PM – COME HELP US MAKE HAY! WAGON RIDE AROUND THE CAMPGROUND Wear your derby hats!
6pm – 9pm Krooner Karaoke ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE – With a campfire!

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: May 7-9 Celebrate Mom's Day

Friday – Mom & Me Movie across from the campground office – Popcorn available.
Saturday
9 am – Kiddos Pick Up A Mothers Day Nature Card Kit to make your mom a special card.
Mother’s Day Craft & Vendor Sale 10am-4pm
Now accepting vendors:
10 am – Mom and Me Macramé – Schedule your apt. ahead $
10 am – Tea Cup -Succulents For Mom.$
6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Krooner Music Across from the office
6 PM MOTHER’S DAY BAG BINGO – DON’T BE
A BAG, JOIN IN ON THE FUN $20/ BINGO
CARD. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE GILBERT
BROWN FOUNDATION (You could win a Designer Purse!)

: May 14-16 Armed Forces (Free Weekend for Veterans and Active Duty Military)

: May 21 -23 Kid's Just Want To Have Fun

FRIDAY

7 pm – Pajama party & Movie (Popcorn Stand and Candy Across from the office $)

SATURDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM – ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST WITH TOPPINGS – $3

11:00 AM – NOON NERF WAR – BRING YOUR GOGGLES, A NERF GUN AND AMMO FOR AN EPIC NERF GUN WAR (MUST WEAR EYE PROTECTION TO PLAY)

1:00 – 2 PM KID’S GAME. NUKE EM’ @ THE VOLLEYBALL COURT

2PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE

2:30 – 3PM CANDY BAR BINGO – OFFICE DECK

3 – 4PM GAGA BALL CHALLENGE – BY JUMPING PILLOW

7:30 – 9:30 PM KROONER KARAOKE – ACROSS FROM OFFICE

8:00 – 8:30 PM – GLOW JUMP ON THE JUMPING PILLOW (WEATHER PERMITTING)

: May 28-31 Memorial Day 2021

A full weekend of events and activities awaits for this special Summer Kick-off weekend of 2021!

Friday Night Fish Fry Including: (Be Sure to Call Ahead. Orders Can Be Placed as Early as Thursday Afternoon (608-297-2002)

  • 3-pieces of Icelandic Cod, Brew City Fries & Coleslaw
  • OR Shrimp Basket, Brew City Fries & Cole Slaw
  • OR 3-pieces Chicken Tender Basket, Brew City Fries & Cole Slaw

Sign up in the office for:

  • Volleyball
  • Bean Bags
  • Horseshoes

Friday Activities:

  • Outdoor Movie & Popcorn – Bring your own beverage and lawn chair. Across from the office.

Saturday Activities:

  • Kid’s Craft Kit Pick Up @ Office Snack Shack Window  10:00 am
  • Slip’N Slide 1pm-3pm
  • Horseshoe Tournament@11:00 am $10.00 per team – 50% goes to Gilbert Brown Foundation -50% is split between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
  • Wagon Ride @ 6:00 pm – meet at the office
  • Road Trip – Live Band 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday Activities:

  • Spin T-shirt Painting $5/T-Shirt
  • Bean Bag Tournament @11:00 am $10.00 per team-50% goes to Gilbert Brown Foundation -50% is split between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
  • Wagon Ride @2:00 pm – meet at the office
  • Music by the pool (7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)Weather Permitting
  • Kid’s Glow Jump on the Jumping Pillow – 8:30 pm – 9pm

Monday Activities:

Please Join Us For A Memorial Day Service at the flag pole @10:00 am
Help us pay our respect to those who have died in our nation’s service

Wilderness Campground LogoJune

: June 4-6 Customer Appreciation - Camp 2 Nights Get 3rd Night Free

Must call to add 3rd night. Reservations made online will not include discount and online reservations will  NOT be refunded for discount.

We appreciate all of our camping friends! Stay 3 nights for the price of 2! Add Thursday or Sunday nights to your reservation at no cost to you!

*SUPER SAVER TUESDAY DISCOUNT CANNOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH CAMP 3 PAY 2 WEEKENDS.

: June 11-13 Camp Pink for Breast Cancer

Saturday

Details TBA. Stay tuned!

: June 18-20 Father's Day and 12th Annual Gilbert Brown's Custom & Classic Car Show & Benefit

Father’s Day Weekend Activity Handout

FRIDAY:

8 pm – 9:30 Outdoor Movie across from the office – Bring a lawn chair

SATURDAY:

  • Gilbert Brown Custom & Classic Car Show & Benefit

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Open to the public
$10.00 Donation to enter Custom & Classic Car (pre-registrants accepted by mail or phone – pay registration fee day of show)
OR pay $25.00 to get an autographed picture with Gilbert Brown and your car
Registration/Check-In – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Dash plaques to the first 100 registrants
Trophy presentation at 2:30 pm

  • Lil’ Wilderness Explorer Activity – Kid’s craft for Dad
  • Bob Viking DJ up by Pool weather permitting
  • Sunday – Donuts With Dad (while supplies last)

: June 25-27 Camp With A SPLASH I

Download a copy Camp With A Splash Weekend Handout

FRIDAY: 

6:30pm – 8 pm kid’s bubble foam party ACROSS from the office

SATURDAY:

11 am – 1 pm Bonnie lake Slip’n Slide

Noon – 7:30 PM – Saving Oceanika Escape Room 

Sign up online or in the office -$20/person
Only 8 people per time slot

2 pm Hydro Blaster at pool

6pm – Make Hay on the Wagon Ride Meet across from the office

7:30 – 10:30 pm Live Band: Best practice in the activity field

SUNDAY:

9 am – Plaster of Paris Camping Souvenir ( Take to your site Paint kit) $5

Wilderness Campground LogoJuly

: July 2-5 HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA 4th of July Celebration Weekend 2021

4th of July Camping Header

Download a copy of 4th of July Week  handout!

WEDNESDAY

  • Make Hay On The Wagon Ride @ 2PM
  • BINGO On the Office Deck @ 6PM

THURSDAY

  • Kid’s Craft on the Office Deck @ 1PM
  • Outdoor Movie across from the office @ 8:30 pm

FRIDAY

  • 4th of July Patriotic Scavenger Hunt – all day
  • Tie Dye in Activity Field ($5)2PM
  • Friday Fish Fry 5 – 9 pm
  • Kid’s Bubble Fun across from the office @ 6:30 pm

SATURDAY

  • Cornhole Tournament, Sign Up in office Pay @ boards 11AM $10/person
  • Bonnie Lake Slip’N Slide 11 – 1 PM
  • Kid’s 4th of July Bike Decorating @ 1:30 PM & Parade @ 2 PM – Meet at Activity Field
  • OFFICE CLOSES @ 8PM
  • Fireworks & Music over Bonnie Lake @ Dusk

SUNDAY

  • Horseshoe Tournament, Sign Up in office. Pay at Pits, 11 AM
  • Bonnie Lake Slip’N Slide 11 – 1 PM
  • Wagon Ride @ 6PM
  • Krooner DJ by the pool @ 7:30 – 10:30PM

MONDAY

  • Kid’s Craft on the Office Deck @ 1PM ($)
  • Candy Bar BINGO On the Office Deck @ 6PM one candy bar Per card

TUESDAY

  • Bonnie Lake Slip’N Slide 11 – 1 PM
  • LEGO Building in the office Pavilion @ 4PM

WEDNESDAY

  • Kid’s Craft on the Office Deck @ 1PM ($)
  • Build & Launch Your Own Rocket Activity Field (Weather Permitting) 5PM $$

: July 9-11 Battle of the Decades 60's, 70's and 80's

60s 70s 80s weekend at Wilderness Campground

Download a copy of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s handout

THURSDAY

6pm – Make Hay On the Wagon Ride

8 pm – Outdoor Movie across from the office

FRIDAY

6:30 – 8pm – Kid’s Bubble fun across from the office

SATURDAY

10 am – Kid’s Craft at the office $

11 – 1PM – Bonnie lake Slip’N Slide

1:30 pm – 2:30 Tie Dye in the activity field

4pm – Decades trivia on the office deck

6PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE

7:30 – 10:30 pm party people Dj @ the pool

: July 16-18 Tangled Tinsel Christmas in July

Christmas in July Header

https://mailchi.mp/wildernesscampground/christmasinjuly

Christmas In July Weekend Handout

THURSDAY

  • 6 PM – Make Hay On the Wagon Ride

FRIDAY

  • 6:30 -7:30PM – Kid’s Bubble fun across from the office

SATURDAY

  • 10 AM – KIDS REINDEER GAMES & COOKIE DECORATING  ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE
  • 11 – 1 PM SLIP’N SLIDE INTO BONNIE LAKE
  • 1 PM – MEET SANTA ON THE OFFICE DECK
  • 2 PM – SAND SNOWMAN CONTEST ON BONNIE LAKE BEACH – HAVE YOUR SNOWMAN COMPLETED BY 3:00 PM TO BE JUDGED.
  • 6PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE
  • 8PM – MAKE SURE YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE ON FOR THE SITE CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST – 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE PRIZES.WINNER ANNOUNCED AT DJ AT 10 PM
  • 7:30 – 10:30  KROONER DJ BY THE POOL WEATHER PERMITTING

: July 23-25 Camp With a Splash II

Camp With A Splash

Camp With A Splash Weekend II Printable Handout

https://mailchi.mp/wildernesscampground/campwithasplash2

THURSDAY

  • 6 PM – Make Hay On the Wagon Ride

FRIDAY

  • 8 pm – Outdoor Movie Across from the Office

SATURDAY

  • 10 AM READY. SET. SPLASH GAMES ON BONNIE LAKE BEACH
  • 11 AM – 1 PM BONNIE LAKE SLIP’N SLIDE
  • 2 PM HYDRO BLASTER AT POOL
  • 6PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE MEET ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE
  • 7:30 – 10:30 KROONER DJ UP AT THE POOL WEATHER PERMITTING

Sunday

  • 9 am – Paint A Camper Souvenir Craft – $15

: July 30 - Aug. 1 Hula Hula Hawaiian Days

Wilderness Campground LogoAugust

: Aug. 6-8 Country Bumpkin Western Days

FRIDAY

  • 6 pm – Watermelon Eating Contest

SATURDAY

  • 10 AM – COUNTRY BUMPKIN SCAVENGER HUNT

  • 11 AM – 1 PM BONNIE LAKE SLIP’N SLIDE

  • 4PM – CUSTOMER APPRECIATION CORN BOIL (COME GRAB A PLATE AND EAT WITH US WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

  • 6PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE MEET ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE

  • 7PM – 10:30 – THE WHISKEYBELLES ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE – PRIZE TO BEST DRESSED COUNTRY BUMPKIN

Sunday

  • 9 am – Paint A Camper Souvenir Craft – $15

: Aug. 13-15 Shipwrecked Pirate's Party

August 12-15

Printable Weekend Handout

THURSDAY

  • 6 pm – Wagon Ride

FRIDAY

  • 5pm-9pm – AXE THROWING SIGN UP IN THE OFFICE -Purchase Tickets in the Office

Waiver For Axe Throwing (Please Complete Ahead of Time)

SATURDAY

  • 8:30 am – 12:00 Cardboard/Rules Pick up ($5/ sheet of cardboard)
  • 12:30 pm Boat Tech @Bonnie Lake
  • 1:00 pm Cardboard Boat Races Begin!!
  • Immediately Following Boat Races @ Bonnie Lake**Shiver Me Timbers…Walk the Plank Pirate’s Slip N Slide (Don’t Fall into Davey Jones’ Locker!)
  • 4:00 pm Find Blackbeard’s Lost Booty Buried Treasure Find @ S’more pond beach (10 & under)
  • 6:00 pm Pirate Wagon Ride (Meet by Flagpole)
  • 7:30 pm – 10:30 – Yo Ho Ho …Pirate Party (BYORP – Bring Your Own Rum Punch ) Prize to Best Dressed Pirate! @9pm

Boat Races:

We have Cardboard and Duct Tape available for sale in the office.

We have four different age groups:
5 – 7 years
8 – 12 years
13 – 17 years
18 & adult

Two Man Boat – you still only use 120 yards duct tape. All Two Man Boats MUST have at least one person that is 15 years or older. (No separate age group categories)
Construct a boat out of nothing but cardboard (NO tubes or waxed cardboard allowed, only corrugated cardboard) and 120 yards of duct tape!  Then, get ready to race. Paddles and life vests are supplied. Paddle out and around the buoy and back. First one in wins!
8:30 am – noon/Pick up your cardboard and rule sheet
* 12:30 pm Boat Tech @ Bonnie Lake
ALL boats MUST be present to be eligible to race
* 1:00 pm – The Races will start at 1:30 PM sharp
(a portion of the beach will be closed during the races)
Viking DJ Entertainment 7:30 – 10:30 pm by the Pool (weather permitting)

: Aug. 20-22 Camp With A Splash III

: Aug. 27-29 Hometown Pride Weekend

Wilderness Campground LogoSeptember

Sept. 3-6 : Labor Day Weekend 2021

Friday Night Fish Fry Including: (Be Sure to Call Ahead. Orders Can Be Placed as Early as Thursday Afternoon (608) 297-2002

  • Friday Fish Fry $9.99 per basket
  • 3-pieces of Icelandic Cod, Brew City Fries & Coleslaw
  • OR Shrimp Basket, Brew City Fries & Cole Slaw
  • OR 3-pieces Chicken Tender Basket, Brew City Fries & Cole Slaw

Sign up in the office for:

  • Bean Bags
  • Horseshoes

Friday

  •  7:00PM – OUTDOOR MOVIE ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE

Saturday

  •  10 AM ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST SOCIAL$3/PERSON @ OFFICE 
  • 11AM – 1 PM BONNIE LAKE SLIP’N SLIDE
  • 11AM – HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT. SIGN UPAHEAD IN THE OFFICE. PAY AT THE PITS.PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE SILVER LAKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF COLUMBIA COUNTY 
  • 2PM – 3PM TIE DYE T-SHIRTS IN THE ACTIVITYFIELD ($5)
  • 6PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE MEETACROSS FROM THE OFFICE
  • 7:30 – 10:30 THE NEW YOU TRIO BAND

Sunday

  •  10AM – KID’S CRAFT ON THE DECK -MAKE YOUROWN BACK 2 SCHOOL BOOK MARK
  • 11AM – 1 PM BONNIE LAKE SLIP’N SLIDE
  • 11AM – BAGS TOURNAMENT. SIGN UP AHEAD INTHE OFFICE. PAY AT THE BOARDS. PROCEEDS TOBENEFIT BYA YOUTH WRESTLING CLUB.
  • 2 – 3PM – SPIN ART T-SHIRT OR FRISBEE ($5)ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE
  • 6PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE MEETACROSS FROM THE OFFICE
  • 7:30 – 10:30 CROSSFIRE COUNTRY BAND(ACTIVITY FIELD)

: Sept. 10-12 Wizards & Wands Weekend

Friday
7:30 pm – Outdoor Wizard Movie across from the office.

Saturday
All Day Wizard Movies Playing in the Office Pavilion
11:00 am Come paint your Wizard Wand ($5/ per wand) Sign up ahead for a time slot

1:00 pm – Wizard Parade ( Meet near the office) Get a treat at the office when done.

1:30 pm – Best Dressed Wizard & Turn in your Best Wizard Spell for a prize.

1:45 pm – Harry Potter Approved Butter Beer &  Trivia on the Office Deck

7 – 10:30 pm  – Krooner Karaoke

: Sept. 17-19 Spoooktacular Halloween Weekend #1

Friday

Kiddos get your special pumpkin seed from the office. Plant in it in the Magical Pumpkin patch. (While Supplies Last) $1 per seed – for Ages 3-10

7:30 pm – Outdoor Movie across from the office. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and treats

Saturday

  • Decorate a Pumpkin for The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • Decorate Your Site for the Site Decorating Contest. Sign up ahead in the office. Sites will be judged at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening and announced at the DJ. Prize to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

9:30 a.m. – Magical Pumpkin Garden (Pick up your pumpkin that was planted in the Magical Pumpkin Garden Friday Night) Grab Decorating Kits at office

11:00 a.m. – Design & Color Your Own Trick or Treat Bag ($5)

3:00 p.m. – Pumpkins Should Be Turned In For The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest (Winner Announced at DJ)

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. –  Trick or Treat. If you’re handing out treats be sure to sign up for a chance to win $50 Wilderness Bucks Gift Certificate. Click here to sign up. 

  • If you are only handing out candy, you have the option to leave your trick or treat station unattended on the “Honor System.” DO NOT LEAVE ALCOHOL UNATTENDED.

  • Please make sure you check folks drinking alcohol that they are over 21. You are responsible for making sure that you are not serving minors as adult Liquor Treating is NOT a campground sponsored event.

7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Party with DJ @ S’More Snack Shack (Costume Contest @ 8:30 p.m.)

Prize to Pre-Teen / Teen / Adult 1st Place

Sunday:

9:00 am Winner of the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest Announced.

: Sept. 24-26 Spoooktacular Halloween Weekend #2

Friday

Kiddos get your special pumpkin seed from the office. Plant in it in the Magical Pumpkin patch. (While Supplies Last)

7:30 pm – Outdoor Movie in the activity field. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and treats

Saturday

Decorate a Pumpkin for The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Decorate Your Site for the Site Decorating Contest. Sign up ahead in the office. Sites will be judged at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening and announced at the

DJ. Prize to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

9:30 a.m. – Magical Pumpkin Garden (Pick up your pumpkin that was planted in the Magical Pumpkin Garden Friday Night) Grab Decorating Kits at office

11:00 a.m. – Design & Color Your Own Trick or Treat Bag ($5)

3:00 p.m. – Pumpkins Should Be Turned In For The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest (Winner Announced at DJ)

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Halloween Trick or Treat. If you’re handing out treats be sure to sign up for a chance to win $50 Wilderness Bucks Gift Certificate. Click here to sign up.

  • If you are only handing out candy, you have the option to leave your trick or treat station unattended on the “Honor System.” DO NOT LEAVE ALCOHOL UNATTENDED.

  • Please make sure you check folks drinking alcohol that they are over 21. You are responsible for making sure that you are not serving minors as adult Liquor Treating is NOT a campground sponsored event.

7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Party & Live Music – 35 South (Costume Contest @ 8:30 p.m.)

Costume Contest : Prize to Pre-Teen / Teen / Adult – 1st Place

Sunday:

9:00 am Winner of the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest Announced.

Wilderness Campground LogoOctober

: Oct. 1-3 Camptoberfest Weekend

Friday

7:00 p.m. Outdoor Movie Across from the Office – Beauty and the Beast

Saturday

1:00 p.m. Schokoladenessen for kids across from the office.

2:00 p.m. Hammerschlagen – $1 per nail. All monies will be donated to the Gilbert Brown Foundation

6:00 p.m. Stein holding Contest – across from the office. Winner keep the stein and get 2 – 12 packs of beer.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Beer Walk (Start at the office) Sign up to have a craft brew, microbrew or home brew at your site for walkers to sample for a chance to win $100 Wilderness Bucks! Must be 21 or older to participate.

: Oct. 8-10 First Responder Appreciation (Closing Weekend)

It is our privilege to host a special camping event for all Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire Personnel working tirelessly to keep their communities safe! Call (608) 297-2002 to reserve your FREE (2) nights of camping anytime during the week of October 5th – October 11th. Please keep in mind all campground ran activities are held during the weekends after Labor Day. Camping includes a site for (1) camping unit, 2 adults ( 19 & over) and dependent children (18 & under). Water & Electric sites only included. $7/night to upgrade to full hook-up.

FRIDAY

6:45 p.m. Outdoor Movie Across from the Office. Bring your blanket and don’t forget we have hot cocoa at the campground office.

SATURDAY

9:30 a.m. Pick Up A Kid’s Busy Kit at the Office

11:00 a.m. Bags Tournament – Behind the pool. 50% split betwen 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 50% to be donated to the Badger Honor Flight.

1:00 p.m. BINGO – In the Activity Field (weather permitting)

7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Music Across From the Office w/ campfire