Category Archives: South Milwaukee
Three chances to enjoy beer, live music, and friends outdoors? It must be summer in South Milwaukee, especially the nextc couple of weeks.
Today, the Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden returns to Grant Park for its nearly two week-run run.
Then, on Thursday (and every Thursday-Saturday into October), European Beer Gardens returns to 1020 Madison Avenue downtown, at the site of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.
And don’t forget beer on the beach! Ferch’s Beachside Grille offer lives music on Fridays during the summer. This week, it’s THE STANGS, from 6 to 9 p.m.
See you at the beer garden!
Oak Creek Watershed: Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Mill Pond/Dam Options Set for This Wednesday, June 23
The much-needed plan to deliver lasting, long-term and long-overdue investment in the Oak Creek Watershed is progressing well, with delivery by the end of 2021.
A key part of that plan — exploration of options for the Mill Pond and dam — will be discussed at a meeting presented by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.
Check out at the agenda and remote log-in information here.
You can find more details on the watershed work and a draft of Chapter 6 of the plan — which deals with the Mill Pond and dam — here …
I remain proud of the city’s leadership role in this work.
The purpose of these efforts has always been to bring forward the information we need to make informed decisions on when, where and how to invest in this critical natural resource … marrying the passion many of us have for the watershed with a plan to clean it up and bring it back to life.
Passion + plan = investment. You are seeing it in watersheds across the region. It’s our turn.
COVID-19 Update: South Shore Vaccine Clinic to Close Thursday, After Giving Out Nearly 15,000 Shots; Incentives Offered
From the South Shore health departments …
Today, the Cudahy Health Department, Oak Creek Health Department and South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department announced that the South Shore COVID-19 Vaccine (SSCV) Clinic will close on Thursday, June 24th as the vaccination focus transitions to community-based clinics throughout the south shore.
Since March, the SSCV Clinic has been a key access point for individuals to receive COVID-19 vaccine throughout the south shore and Southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly 15,000 shots were put into arms at the SSCV Clinic with an additional 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered at health department community clinics in the south shore.
Standing up these vaccine clinics across the south shore was a truly a collaborative effort from the local health departments as well as several partners including the following: Cudahy Fire, Police & Department of Public Works; Oak Creek Fire, Police & Department of Public Works; South Milwaukee Fire, Police & Department of Public Works; St. Francis Fire & Police; Aim Transfer & Storage; S&P Equipment; Bucyrus Campus; Oak Creek Assembly of God; Cudahy, South Milwaukee & Oak Creek Lions Clubs; Alverno College School of Nursing and community volunteers.
To address the shift in demand for vaccination, the Health Officers of the Cudahy, Oak Creek and South Milwaukee/St. Francis health departments will redirect resources to community pop-up vaccine clinics and health education events. Pop-up clinics will operate at familiar spaces including places of worship, libraries, schools, and other community-based organizations.
The health departments and pop-up clinics will offer the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to ensure vaccine is accessible for all individuals ages 12 and older. Additionally, there continue to be many options available for getting vaccinated including pharmacies and health care providers.
The health departments encourage all Wisconsinites to get vaccinated to be protected against COVID-19.
Starting June 21st, all individuals who receive their COVID-19 vaccine at one of the South Shore vaccine clinics will receive a free $25 gas gift card or incentive gift, while supplies last.
To find a vaccine location in your community, please visit one of the websites below or call: Cudahy Health Department ⸰ 414-769-2239 ⸰ http://bit.ly/CHDVaccine Oak Creek Health Department ⸰ 414-766-7950 ⸰ http://bit.ly/OCHDVaccine St. Francis/South Milwaukee Health Department ⸰ 414-768-8055 ⸰ http://bit.ly/SMSFVaccine
Until July 4, Uber and Lyft are offering free or discounted rides to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
It’s my favorite week of the year in South Milwaukee, and I’m excited to say that many of the large events you exepct during Heritage Week are back for 2021. Mark your calendars!
Here is a rundown …
- Monday, July 19: South Milwaukee Police Department DARE Golf Outing, Oakwood Golf Course. Start organizing your foursomes now.
- Thursday, July 22: With Evening on the Avenue postpointed until 2022, a special South Milwaukee Country Market is planned, with extended hours going until 8 p.m. Music will be Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. In addition to over 50 vendors, the market will have corn hole games, yard jenga, face painting, a 50/50 raffle, larger single raffle at the market booth, and a beer garden. More to come.
- Friday, July 23-Sunday July 25: South Milwaukee Lionsfest is back! More details to come. Friday is Cruisin’ with the Lions — find more details in the flyer with this post.
- Saturday, July 24: It’s the return of the South Milwaukee Heritage Days Parade! Details here.
Sixteen months after we announced the project, the transformation is almost complete.
Work on the Bucyrus Club & Events Center is wrapping up, and the public will be welcomed into the facility in July. If you’re like me, it will blow you away.
From the BizTimes story …
Located at 1919 12th Ave., The Bucyrus Club has been under construction for the past eight months, with Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt Inc. as manager.
A second tenant, the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum, will occupy the 5,500-square-foot second floor for its new Bucyrus Museum, which honors the history of crane manufacturer Bucyrus International Inc. The nonprofit will have its offices on the third-floor loft area, with windows overlooking the exhibit area.
Skyline’s ground-floor space includes the Grand Ballroom, which seats up to 220 people, as well as the 1893 Ballroom, which seats up to 120 people. Sandwiched in between the two venues is the Founder’s Room & Fireplace Lounge, which will operate as a full-service bar-restaurant Tuesday through Friday but is also available to book for smaller events.
So far, The Bucyrus Club has more than 50 events, such as weddings, class reunions and showers, scheduled on the books between this year and next year, said Wunsch. He was initially concerned there would not be much interest since the space hasn’t been available to tour.
“It helps that COVID put all of last year’s weddings into this year, so there’s a double scramble for bookings,” he said. “A new venue is positioned perfectly right now for opening.”
Both The Bucyrus Museum and the banquet facility are slated to open in mid-July.
Not noted in the story is the deli, coming in July as well — a place to grab a lunchtime sandwich and sit out on the covered patio. More to come on that.
One of the many cool stories with this development is its new photogenic centerpiece — a partnership between Caterpillar employees, the center and the museum.
I love to see the community rallying around this project!
A look at some special special events in coming days …
Thursday: Medieval Market
The first of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market’s special markets is planned for Thursday, with its Medieval Market. From the Facebook event page …
Come out to the market for our first Medieval themed market! There will be a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy.Live music from 5-7 pm with a performance by Sweet Shieks.We also welcome Younger’s Woodery by Bob Younger to the market for the first time! Bob is a professional chainsaw artist and will be doing live demos and selling various pieces of art. See what the buzz is all about!Queen Anne and her court will be making an appearance for tea time and pictures.Wisconsin Scottish will be doing axe throwing demonstrations.There will also be arts and crafts for the kids! The princes of the market can paint a wooden shield, while the princesses get to make a flower ribbon headband! Come early!Reptile Education will be showing off some of their reptilesFrom 3-8 pm, there will be a bounce house for kids, food, beer, an awesome raffle, and so much more!!
THURSDAY-SATURDAY: EUROPEAN BEER GARDENS (AND MORE MUSIC)
European Beer Gardens returns with music and, of course, beer. In addition to Thursday’s music at the market, Friday, it’s Pivari. Saturday, it’s Ania Dankow Music and The Nightinjails. Details here.
Saturday: South Milwaukee Garden Tour
Come see the hidden garden gems that South Milwaukee has to offer! South Milwaukee Garden Tour, Saturday, June 19th from 9am-2 pm. Local artisans will be also selling their handcrafted items in select gardens as well as a couple of musical guests. Tickets are on sale now at Mari’s Floral Wine & Gifts, 905 Milwaukee Avenue, South Milwaukee.
Details — and a sneak peek at some of the gardens — here.
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Please join us on Monday, June 14, 2021, as we celebrate Flag Day at South Milwaukee City Hall.
The event, to be held at the gazebo near the Senior Center, will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Learn more about the unique history of Flag Day and be part of a flag retirement ceremony performed by local veterans, Scouts, and the South Milwaukee Fire Department.
We are also welcoming the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, which is again bringing its Flags for Heroes initiative to the city, with dozens of flags being placed around City Hall.
“Energy, Local Connections and Broad Appeal”: South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Announces Impressive 2021-22 Lineup
It’s another terrific collection of talent, as live shows return in full force to the South Milwaukee Perfoming Arts Center. And it starts this summer.
Here is the full press release and details …
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) recently announced its annual Performing Arts Series at a Preview Party hosted by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council and Skyline Catering & Express Deli.
“Our post-pandemic 2021-2022 season will feature eight performances chosen for their energy, local connections, and broad appeal,” said Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. “Our annual Performing Arts Series is designed for people of all ages and aesthetics, and we encourage performance enthusiasts to include SMPAC in their plans for next season.”
Mark your calendars for September 24 when Big Band, Big Club, Big Night! kicks off the season at the historic and completely remodeled Bucyrus Club & Event Center in downtown South Milwaukee. Enjoy friends, drinks, dinner and dancing to live swing and Motown music performed by one of the finest big bands around, The Bill Sargent Big Band. This will be a very special night in a place that holds memories for generations of South Milwaukeans and is sure to create new memories for generations to come.
Get your laughs on with our ComedySportz® Halloween Hoot-tacular on October 23. Do not miss the Shake & Holla Tour featuring the vanguards of blues, the North Mississippi Allstars, along with the legendary Rebirth Brass Band and Cedric Burnside on November 19. Celebrate the holidays with The Texas Tenors in Deep In the Heart of Christmas on December 12. Sing along to your favorite show tunes with The World of Musicals on January.27. Enjoy Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets in their newest show, Call Us Old Fashioned: The Supper Club Tour, on February 25. Treat your Irish eyes and ears to Celtic Angels Ireland on March 20. And finally…. The Mutts Gone Nuts in Canine Cabaret will steal your heart – and then your socks – when they perform their long-awaited show on April 28.
Past SMPAC subscribers may purchase tickets starting June 22-July 6. Individual tickets will go on sale July 8. Call the box office at (414) 766-5049 Monday-Thursday from 10-3. Groups of 10 or more receive 10% off. For the latest health and safety protocols, please refer to our website. Sign up at southmilwaukeepac.org to receive notifications when tickets for additional shows go on sale. Remember, tickets make great gifts!
Friday, September 24
Big Band. Big Club. Big Night!
The Bill Sargent Big Band at Bucyrus Club & Event Center
5:30 Cash Bar, 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Concert
Reserve your seats for this very special night at the historic and newly remodeled 1920s Bucyrus Club & Event Center in the heart of downtown South Milwaukee. Bring your friends for a big night on the town! Enjoy drinks, dinner and dancing to swing and Motown classics performed live by the impeccable Bill Sargent Big Band. The Bill Sargent Big Band has been called “the tightest, most solid ensemble of expert musicians Milwaukee may ever see,” (The Milwaukee Journal). Ticket price includes dinner and music. Cash bar. Bucyrus Club & Event Center is located at 1919 12th Avenue in the city of South Milwaukee. Parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm
ComedySportz® Halloween Hoot-tacular
Impromptu laughter and shenanigans
ComedySportz® is an awesomely exciting comedy show played as a sport! The Halloween Hoot-tacular is the same ComedySportz® show that Milwaukee fans have come to love, but with a few Halloween themes included just for fun! During a “match,” you’ll see a Referee and two teams of Players competing in improv games based on audience suggestions. Expect 7-10 games per match and an occasional audience volunteer joining the teams “on the field” to help the hilarity ensue! Everything is made up on the spot. Nothing is rehearsed. Players are quick-witted, funny and compete as hard as they can to make sure the fans in the audience are laughing. ComedySportz® originated in Milwaukee in 1984 and is now played in 24 cities around the world.
Artist website: ComedySportz
Friday, November 19, 7:30 pm
Shake & Holla Tour
Featuring North Mississippi Allstars & Rebirth Brass Band
with special guest Cedric Burnside
The Shake & Holla Tour will showcase foot-stomping Mississippi “Hill Country” blues and the funky, syncopated sounds of New Orleans brass. Touring together for the first time, the Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award-winning North Mississippi Allstars will be joined by the legendary Rebirth Brass Band for a musical celebration of two great southern musical traditions. Both artists are part of the vanguard of blues and soul music. Appearing with them is blues guitarist, vocalist and drummer Cedric Burnside, a Grammy-nominated artist in his own right and the grandson of legendary Fat Possum recording artist R.L. Burnside. Each artist will perform their favorites and collaborate throughout the show on a grab bag of great songs, exploring the musical connection between the Mississippi Delta and Bourbon Street… right down Highway 61.
North Mississippi Allstars http://www.nmallstars.com/
Rebirth Brass Band https://www.rebirthbrassband.com/
Cedric Burnside website https://www.cedricburnside.net/
Agent website Shake & Holla
Sunday, December 12, 2:30 pm
The Texas Tenors
Deep in the Heart of Christmas
The Texas Tenors have amassed a huge fan base worldwide with over half a million followers on social media and more than 20 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. They are Billboard Magazine’s #10 “Classical Artist in the World” for 2019. With impressive live ticket sales tracked by PollStar they are considered the most successful touring group in the history of America’s Got Talent. As consummate professionals, these three friends with a simple All-American dream have proven that their impact will be long lasting. They have performed more than 1400 live concerts at performing arts centers, casinos, symphony halls, outdoor festivals and major corporate events. The Texas Tenors truly possess that rare, ever sought after quality of mass appeal.
Artist website: Texas Tenors
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 pm
The World of Musicals
The World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theatre to life. This captivating production is an emotional journey through the world of great musicals that leaves audiences spell-bound. With beautiful and emotional ballads from Evita, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera along with great up-beat favorites from Dirty Dancing, Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia, there is something in this show for everyone. Highlights from the newest musicals such as Sister Act II will be featured along with classics from the Golden Age of American Musical Theatre by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and Sullivan, George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim. The World of the Musicals is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and beloved musicals in one unforgettable evening.
Direct from their Australian and European tours, this select cast of highly talented and accomplished performers have been featured in worldwide smash hits on London’s West End and Off Broadway such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Celtic Nights, The King and I, Spring Awakening, Evita, Rent, and Avenue Q among many others. The World of Musicals was created by a powerhouse team in Dublin who are responsible for Celtic Nights, Gaelforce Dance and On Eagles Wings.
“The cast is SUPREMELY talented and an absolute joy to watch.” Broadway World
“The World of Musicals puts on a colourful, inspiring mix from memorable musicals – presented by an outstanding cast.” Reset Productions
Artist Website The World of Musicals
Promo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXFOPgDwHg
Friday, February 25, 7:30 pm
Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets®
Call Us Old-Fashioned: The Supper Club Tour
The Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets® take you on an “Old-Fashioned” road trip with a double shot of nostalgia in their brand-new show! In this energized entrée, the fabulous foursome serve round after round of classic doo-wop and tasty musical side dishes you are sure to relish! We know you will drink up every drop of fun right down to the orange slice and maraschino cherry! Join the Four Guyz in a toast. Your reservation is waiting!
Artist site https://www.fourguyz.com/
Sunday, March 20, 2:30 pm
Celtic Angels Ireland
with Celtic Knights Dancers
and The Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin
Through their shared zeal and passion for Ireland’s musical traditions, this troupe enables audiences to experience Real Ireland for the price of a concert ticket. Celebrating their cherished heritage through Irish dance, music and song is something these entertainers take very seriously. You’ll be enthralled from the moment the lights dim as the sweet and stirring songs of Ireland, rigorously precise dances, and traditional musicianship carry you to Ireland on wings of music. Some of the sweetest voices under heaven make up the Celtic Angels: Victoria Kenny, Emily Carroll, Tammy Browne, Amy Penston, and Ellie Mullane – Irish to the core and seasoned entertainers all. The Celtic Knight Dancers feature two former lead dancers of Riverdance and perform with athletic precision. The Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin round out the show with flawless interpretations of authentic Irish Trad instrumentals.
“You have to see it to believe it!” Washington Post
“Go see this show!” CBS
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Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Mutts Gone Nuts in Canine Cabaret
Canines and comedy collide
From shelters to showbiz, the Mutts Gone Nuts canines unleash havoc and hilarity in an action-packed spectacular featuring talented 4 legged performers. The dogs are sure to steal your heart… and then your socks! Long-time comedy duo Scott and Joan Houghton introduced dogs into their act in 2005. Prior to involving dogs, the duo worked with Lee Greenwood in Tennessee and at Dolly Parton’s theaters in Branson, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. The Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous canine partners in a family-friendly performance. All nine dogs are USDA APHIS (Animal Welfare) registered and adopted from animal shelters or rescue groups. Expect the unexpected! This show will leave you howling for more. Training methods are positive and reward-based. For all ages.
Artist website: http://www.muttsgonenuts.com/index.html
I laughed until I wept.” First Lady, Barbara Bush
“A must see.” Washington Post Weekender
“Get those dogs out of my dressing room.” Kenny Rogers, recording artist
In addition to the 2021-2022 Performing Arts Series, the season includes two youth theatre musical productions this summer, performances by area performing arts groups, shows presented by other promoters or renters, and more. Following are some of the featured performances at SMPAC scheduled for the 2021-2022 season.
SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE
South Milwaukee Youth Theatre (SMYT) provides educational theatre experiences for youth in South Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. Each year, SMYT hosts approximately 100-120 students in multiple casts to produce two summer musical theatre shows. The SMYT Junior Cast of 6-11 year olds will present Disney’s Frozen KIDS on July 17 at 1:00 and 6:00 pm. The SMYT Senior Cast of 12-18 year olds will present Disney’s Moana JR. on July 30 and 31 at 7:00 pm and August 1 at 2:00 pm.
SMPAC brings performing arts experiences to senior living centers and sponsors concerts and other events in the community. Here are the performances set for the 2021-2022 season:
- June 22, 2:30-3:30: Val Sigal at Willowcrest Care Center
- July 14, 2:30-3:30: Matthew Davies at Oak Creek Place
- August 11, 6-7 p.m.: Big Style Brass at Howard Village
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) is proud to support live “Music at the Market” in downtown South Milwaukee starting June 3. SMPAC is partnering with the South Milwaukee Downtown Market to bring complimentary live, outdoor concerts to the heart of our community each week. SMPAC joins with other performing arts-minded sponsors to make this possible, including Classic Cargo International, Cousin’s Subs of South Milwaukee, DB Tax & Wealth, Eberhardy & Eberhardy LLP, Molthen-Bell & Son Funeral Home and Moran’s Pub.
The market is open to the public on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and is located at the corner of Milwaukee and 11th Avenues in the city of South Milwaukee. Concerts generally take place between 5-7 p.m. Check smmarket.org/events for details. The South Milwaukee Downtown market features an eclectic mix of merchants selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, art, jewelry and more. Live music brings energy and enjoyment to the market, while nearby restaurants, shops, bars and Grant Park Beach add to the fun! The South Milwaukee Downtown Market is a destination for families, couples, outdoor enthusiasts and foodies.
Below is a partial list of featured Music at the Market concerts, which are sponsored by SMPAC and Classic Cargo International. For a complete list of concerts, read our press release or visit smmarket.org/events.
Thursday, July 22, 5-8 pm
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy
South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th and Milwaukee Avenues
With smokin’ grooves served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar, they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, the Rev has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After a 15 year hitch in the Navy, Raven moved to Milwaukee. Sponsored by Classic Cargo International.
Thursday, September 9, 5-7 pm
Madtown Mannish Boys
South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th and Milwaukee Avenues
The Madtown Mannish Boys is a Madison-based Blues band steeped in Chicago-style Blues, with influences from artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter. They perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie. Some of their tunes are harmonica-driven, played with gritty fervor and intense energy. Others are soulful ballads, heavily influenced by the likes of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. This mix of styles and genres makes for an entertaining and dynamic show that you won’t want to miss. Sponsored by Classic Cargo International.
Thursday, September 23, 5-7 pm
Extra Crispy Brass Band
South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th and Milwaukee Avenues
The Extra Crispy Brass Band plays music inspired by bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth and New Birth Brass Bands. Repertoire includes pieces from traditionals by Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, modern funk tunes, and originals. The Extra Crispy Brass Band has played at Bastille Days, Turner Hall Ballroom, Radio 88.9, Burnhearts Fest, State Fair, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and others. The Extra Crispy Brass Band won a WAMI for best horn band/big band of 2014.
Bandleader, vocalist, and trombonist Gregory Cramer formed the band because he missed New Orleans. A resident of the Crescent City in the 1990s, he moved north in 1999 and looked for the Milwaukee version of the Rebirth Brass Band. One day riding his bicycle past Shank Hall he heard the sounds of Mama Digdown’s
Brass Band waft out, and he was inspired by that amazing outfit to form his own band (and learn trombone). Sponsored by Classic Cargo International.
ADDITIONAL FEATURED EVENTS
Friday, October 1, 8:00 pm
Steven Wright presented by ACG
Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. He’s had a long career in comedy. He booked for his first Tonight Show appearance on Friday, August 6, 1982. The king of late night enjoyed the performance so much he invited Steven to appear again the following Thursday, a rarity on The Tonight Show. His back-to-back appearances helped put his fledgling career into high gear. The comic soon found himself performing his off-beat routines on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, and numerous trips back to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Sundays – October 31, February 13, April 10 (Concerts are at 3:00 p.m.)
Milwaukee’s premier adult wind band.
Saturday, October 30
(All day student a cappella workshops plus an evening concert.)
An annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field. It will feature a day-long workshop for high school vocal students followed by a performance onstage. Sponsored by Landass & Company Investments and the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field.
Advance tickets will go on sale June 22-July 6 for past season subscription holders. Call (414) 766-5049 M-Th from 10-3 to order. We’re pausing subscriptions for 2021-2022 due to the potential for artist tour changes. We appreciate your understanding and will hold your seats for 2022-2023! Individual tickets will go on sale July 8. Purchase at southmilwaukeepac.org or call (414) 766-5049 M-Th from 10-3. Groups of 10 or more get 10% off. For the latest health and safety protocols, please visit our website. Sign up at southmilwaukeepac.org to receive notifications when tickets for additional shows go on sale. Tickets make great gifts! Box office and Will Call open one hour before most shows.
The South Milwaukee Common Council voted 6-0 Thursday to reconsider its action earlier in the week and move ahead with our July 4th fireworks at Grant Park, following Milwaukee County’s decision to lift its outdoor event capacity restrictions. Here is my statement …
I am excited the Independence Day fireworks show will happen in 2021 after all. We need these special community events more than ever, as we reopen as a city, state and country.
For more than a year during the pandemic, we as local leaders have worked hard to make the best decisions we can — some of them incredibly difficult and controversial — with the information in front of us. We have also had to be adaptable, as facts change. That is exactly the case here, and that is why I thank the South Milwaukee Common Council for making this decision.
Let the show go on. Happy July 4th, South Milwaukee!
I want to thank all of the volunters who make this happen, from its launch in 2009 to today. Your work has paid off with a truly special event for our city, a defining part of our downtown revitalization.
Yes, the city’s July 4th celebration is cancelled this year, as are a couple other larger local events. One or two are still in flux. But it’s clear … there are plenty of special events in South Milwaukee this summer.
It started with several events in May, including the launch of the 2021 Suburban Soles Guided Nature Walks, the South Milwaukee Little League Parade, opening night of the European Beer Gardens and the Memorial Day ceremony.
Of course, the lineup includes the weekly South Milwaukee Downtown Market (which kicks off this Thursday, June 3, and runs every Thursday through October 7) and European Beer Gardens (every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through October 9) — which, combined, offer more than 30 live music opportunities in the heart of our city.
Flag Day, the South Milwaukee Garden Tour, the Grant Park Traveling Beer Garden — they are all back in June, too. And there is all that’s happening at Grant Park Beach this summer …
Here is a rundown for June — and if I missed something, please let me know).
- Thursday, June 3: Market Opening Day (Music at the Market: Prof Pinkerton’s Irreverent Quartet) and European Beer Gardens
- Friday, June 4: European Beer Gardens (music: Michael John Acoustic)
- Saturday, June 5: European Beer Gardens (music: Roxie Beane Music)
- Thursday, June 10: Music at the Market (Bluegrass All Stars) and European Beer Gardens
- Friday, June 11: European Beer Gardens (music: Landline)
- Saturday, June 12: European Beer Gardens (music: Leah Jee)
- Sunday, June 13: Suburban Soles: “An Ode to Odonates”
- Monday, June 14: South Flag Day ceremony, 6 p.m. at City Hall
- Thursday, June 17: South Milwaukee Medieval Market (Music at the Market: Sweet Sheiks) and European Beer Gardens
- Friday, June 18: European Beer Gardens (music: Pivari)
- Saturday, June 19: South Milwaukee Garden Tour and European Beer Gardens (music: Ania Dankow Music and The Nightinjails)
- Wednesday, June 23: Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden opens at Grant Park and runs through Monday, July 5 — every evening from 4 to 9 p.m. at Picnic Area 5.
- Thursday, June 24: Music at the Market (Blues Addiction) and European Beer Gardens
- Friday, June 25: European Beer Gardens (music: Ricky Orta Jr.)
- Saturday, June 26: European Beer Gardens (music: Clove)
- Sunday, June 27: Suburban Soles: “Bloom Where You Are Planted”
I’ll post more on July events soon, but mark your calendars for Saturday, July 24. The Heritage Days Parade is back!
The South Milwaukee Common Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night to cancel the city’s 2021 Independence Day festivities and fireworks. I support the decision.
Here is my statement …
No one wants to cancel this special community celebration, but it was the right decision.
We hold this event at Grant Park, and it requires a permit from Milwaukee County to do so. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the county has put a limit of 1,000 on crowd sizes for special events like this — a directive reinforced just hours before our meeting. Our celebration routinely draws thousands of people, and we did not see a way we could limit attendance to meet this threshold — nor did we want to. Enforcing the crowd size limit would also be next to impossible. We explored other locations in the city, but none were suitable to host our fireworks show.
We look forward to bringing back our Independence Day celebration in 2022, bigger and better than ever, as we continue to take necessary steps to address the pandemic and reopen safely and responsibly. We also look forward to enjoying a number of local events still planned for South Milwaukee this summer — from the South Milwaukee Downtown Market opening this week to the Heritage Days Parade to Community Night Out, and many, many more.
COVID-19 Safe Practices Guidance: Letter to the Community from the South Milwaukee and St. Francis Health Department
A letter from South Milwaukee and St. Francis Health Department Health Administrator Jacqueline Ove, reinforcing recommendations “that all community members follow the guidance from CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) that aligns with their current vaccination status regarding masks, physical distance, and any modifications that are recommended to accommodate protective measures for the public, and workforce.”
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
The South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department’s response to COVID-19 continues. We certainly recognize the toll this response has taken on everyone as we grow weary of the messages to continue protective measures by wearing masks, and staying physically distant from others.
Over the last months, the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Milwaukee County, South Milwaukee, and St. Francis have plateaued or been at a consistent level, and vaccination rates have been rising as additional age groups are added to the eligibility. Currently, individuals age 12 years and older are eligible to receive vaccines.
The South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department continues to work in coordination with the Cudahy and Oak Creek Health Departments to provide vaccinations through the South Shore COVID Vaccination Clinic and off site “pop up” clinics in a variety of settings including schools, and businesses. Information regarding vaccinations clinics is available on our website at https://smwi.org/420/COVID-19-Vaccine.
On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for fully vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic, including participating in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.
A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if it has been two or more weeks since they got the second dose in a two-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson).
Important Exceptions to Updated Mask Guidance:
Health care settings;
Places where masks are required by local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including: local businesses and workplaces;
Residents and employees of correctional and detention facilities and homeless shelters; and
Travelers on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
The Health Department recommends that all community members follow the guidance from CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) that aligns with their current vaccination status regarding masks, physical distance, and any modifications that are recommended to accommodate protective measures for the public, and workforce.
Your health and safety is our priority. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation in this unprecedented public health crisis. For additional information you can view the websites for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control or call the Health Department at 414-768-8055.