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Exploring South Milwaukee, by Bike: 2019 Ride Dates Set for Forward: South Shore

Combining bicycling and the area’s top attractions … thanks, James Davies, for bringing these rides to South Milwaukee!

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“Sustained Flight: South Milwaukee Named Bird City Once Again

South Milwaukee is famous for many things — and we’ve happily added “bird flyway” to that list, officially.

Bird City Wisconsin has named us a Bird City for the second time.

Thanks to Rita Wiskowski for leading this effort! Look for more details soon on our annual event celebrating the birds of South Milwaukee.

And be sure to like the South Milwaukee Bird City Facebook page.

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South Milwaukee Library Summer Reading Program Begins June 17

Pick up a book, and put down your phone this summer. Me included.

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15 Years Strong: South Milwaukee PAC Announces 2019-20 Season Series

The 2019-20 season will bring more memorable performances to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

The lineup was announced last month, and you can purchase a ticket to four or more shows (a subscription) through their box office now, to choose your seat before the general public tickets go on sale at the end of July.

I always look forward to their varied lineup of shows, and it never disappoints. The South Milwaukee PAC challenges us artistically as a community, and that’s why it’s celebrating its 15th season this year … with hopefully another 100 to come.

From the press release

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) will celebrate its 15th Anniversary Performing Arts Season next year and recently announced the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Series at a Preview & Tasting Party hosted by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council, Skyline Catering & Express Deli, Azteca Restaurant, and the Milwaukee Gourmet House.

“Our 15th anniversary season will feature eight performances chosen for their high-energy, opportunities for community collaboration, and broad appeal,” said Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. “The annual Performing Arts Series is designed for people of all ages and aesthetics, and we encourage experience-seekers to join us for these exciting performances.”

The 15th Anniversary Season will open September 21 with ARTRAGEOUS: The Interactive Art & Music Experience, an energetic and visually stunning production where large-scale paintings are created live on stage while musicians, singers and dancers entertain and engage our audience. On October 19, sing along to the music of one of the most prolific and beloved songwriters of our time when Matt Vee Family & Friends celebrate the music of Neil Diamond in I Am… He Said. Local choir members will join the band on stage for part of the show. To start the holiday season, we’ll present The Mark O’Connor Band, a multiple Grammy-winning artist with one of the most distinguished careers in the business, on November 16. Coming Home will feature the band’s impeccable style of progressive bluegrass, country and Americana. We’re proud to present America’s trailblazing first ladies of mariachi, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®, in Navidad Mexicana on December 13. Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® brings sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

For the second half of our season starting on January 30, we will feature Shaun Boothe’s Unauthorized Biography Series, a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons to educate and challenge us to “live our legacies”. Half TED Talk, half live music concert, Boothe uses multimedia and motivation to deliver powerful and transformative messaging. For a fun romantic date or group night out, get tickets for the Australian performers, The Tap Pack, in Las Vegas style level up old-school cool as the new “Kings of Swing.” In our first-ever Canine Cabaret, the adorable Mutts Gone Nuts rescue dogs will steal your heart and then your socks! For our season finale, we’ll curate a special 15th Anniversary Variety Show that will be like no other. Auditions start soon. Visit southmilwaukeepac.org for details. Sponsored by Molthen-Bell.

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South Milwaukee Police Launch “Take Me Home” Program

I love to see our police department continue to innovate. Adopting this program is just the latest example. This could save lives.

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June 22: South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour & Art Fair Returns

From Crusherfest to showcasing beautiful local gardens — that’s how we roll in South Milwaukee!

More details on the June 22 South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour & Art Fair here. It’s one of my favorite events of the year.

The tour also got love in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. From the story

Patti Bergeson, president of the South Milwaukee garden tour on June 22, said gardens in her area are also looking lush due to the rain and are likely to look even better in the weeks to come.

“Everything is getting super green and lush, including the lawns. … The rain is helping, but people are a little behind. They can’t get out there and manicure their gardens like the want to. But it’s not a crisis if they are a little behind because avid gardeners know what they need to do. They want to be proud of their gardens, so they will try extra hard to get them on point for the tour.”

Bergeson said her tour has an eclectic group of gardens ranging from large to small city lots that use all available spaces to add color and beauty to the yard. Included are ponds with waterwheels, fairy gardens, decorated sheds and rock accents.

“All of the gardens are wonderful habitats for birds and small wildlife and are labors of love, which add hours of enjoyment to the lives of the gardeners,” she said. “The gardeners combine ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials with annuals to create wonderful spaces for entertaining and enjoyment.”

A variety of flowers, artwork and hardscaping will be visible.

“At one home the homeowners created an outdoor living space for summer,” she said. “There’s a destination hosta garden where tourgoers can buy hostas, and a stop at Wil-O-Way in Grant Park where gardens were recently renovated by master gardeners. At that location a local artist will also be painting a shed with flowers and will transform it into a beautiful flowerscape,” she said.

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What a Weekend for South Milwaukee! Crusherfest in Headlines, and Images

What an amazing turnout for Crusherfest, as we celebrated a local icon in a way that will be remembered for years to come.

I am so happy for the Lisowski family, and so proud of this city.

I can’t wait to see what’s next!

My goal: To become famous for hosting one of the most unique festivals in the country, and being home to a beautiful work of art that perfectly honors this larger-than-life man. This weekend was only the beginning.

THIS IS CRUSHER COUNTRY!

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