Just a quick shout out to organizers and supporters of two great events on Saturday that showed how our community steps up around the holidays.
First, thanks to Walmart for making Christmas a little merrier for eight local families through the Shop with a Cop program. And thanks to the South Milwaukee Police Department for stepping up to bring this program to our city. Our city workers give back to the community they serve, and that’s inspiring to see.
Also, thanks to everyone who helped put on the South Milwaukee Christmas Market on Saturday, for South Milwaukee High School for serving as welcome hosts. With more than 80 vendors, this was the biggest and best indoor market yet.
Check out more photos from both events on my mayoral Facebook page.
The South Milwaukee Downtown Market Health Fair and Wellness Adventure returns next week — with a run/walk adding to the event.
The fair, presented by South Shore Family Chiropractic, is set for Thursday, Sept. 10, and will feature more than 20 vendors. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m., the same hours as the market. The mapped 3K run/walk, presented by the South Milwaukee Health Department, is from 3 to 6 p.m., starting and finishing at the market.
Please mark your calendars … and take steps to becoming healthier in the year ahead. (Me included.)
Check out Health Fair flyer here. Here is a flyer for the run/walk.
After taking a break for the summer, I’m restarting my Meet the Mayor events.
Here are details on the next three …
- Thursday, September 24, 4-6 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.
- Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Drenzek Chiropractic, 2211 10th Ave.
- Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fenno building, 916 Milwaukee Ave. This building is home to a variety of small businesses — including a few that I bet you didn’t know about: Memory Lane Antiques and Grandma’s Attic, Acetime Disc Golf, Dynamic Sign and Graphix, Styled Aesthetic, Wolf’s Dry Cleaners and more.
Be sure to stop by, check out the local businesses and discuss what’s on your mind. My door is open!
Update: Here is a list of participating restaurants for the first “Dinner and a Movie”: Azteca, China Chef, Barbiere’s, Muskie’s Gourmet House and MKE City Sippers. Be sure to patronize these local businesses!
So, it’s farmers’ market on Thursday, outdoor movie on Friday, and then this on Saturday …
The cool downtown events continue with the South Milwaukee Historical Society Downtown Walking Tour starting at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 20.
From local historian Nels Monson, who is leading the walking tour …
Lace up your walking shoes and join us on Saturday June 20 for a walking tour of Downtown South Milwaukee led by City Historian Nels Monson. Tour starts at the Railroad Depot and is expected to last about two hours. Cost is $5 per person. Children under 12 and seniors over 80 are FREE. All proceeds benefit the South Milwaukee Historical Society.
It’s year seven for the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, and this weekly community celebration just gets bigger and better every summer. Anyd in 2015, you’ll see more vendors, music and special events than ever before.
Your South Milwaukee summer officially starts Thursday. See you there!
I can hear “Let it Go” running through my head already …
We have a new date for the Guardian Credit Union Movie in the Market showing of “Frozen.”
It’s Thursday, Sept. 25, following the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, around 7 p.m. This means it will done by in plenty of time to get the kids (including mine) to bed for school the next day.
The movie was cancelled last month due to the threat of inclement weather.
Mark your calendars … and get ready to show off those Anna and Elsa dresses.
From the South Milwaukee Downtown Market Facebook page …
Today’s farmers’ market and the Guardian Credit Union Movie in the Market this evening are cancelled due to storms. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we’ll see you next week. And stay tuned for more details on a makeup date for the movie.
Please help spread the word, and I’ll keep you posted.
Sorry, “Frozen” fans.
The South Milwaukee Downtown Market wants to hear from you.
Let the market committee know more about why you visit (or don’t) and what you do when you’re there. The information is invaluable as the committee looks to improve upon what I say is already a great thing.
Take the survey here. Thanks for your help!
From all reports, the filming of the “Around the Corner” feature on South Milwaukee is going really well.
From Azteca Restaurant to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center to Grant Park, McGivern and his crew have been all over the city this week, and it’s great to have them.
I can’t wait to see the episode when it airs next February. It should tell a great story.
But first things first: There’s still one more day of filming left. Want to check it out? Stop by the South Milwaukee Downtown Market when it opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday and say hi. It’s good timing for McGivern, as the market returns to its new-and-improved 1tth Avenue location … with a giveaway of market bags to attendees.
Learn more here, and stay tuned for more on the “Around the Corner” premiere event at the SMPAC in February.
Outdoor movies are returning to downtown South Milwaukee.
I am excited to announce that Guardian Credit Union Movies at The Market have been scheduled for three Thursdays this summer and fall at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market: Aug. 14 and 21 and Oct. 9.
Showtime is approximately 8 p.m. for the August shows and 6:30 p.m. for the October movie, which concludes the market’s popular season-ending Fall Family Festival event.
We’ll announce the movies in coming weeks, but for now mark your calendars!
I can’t thank GCU enough for stepping up with the donation for the movies – and thanks as well to the farmers’ market for hosting them. It’s great to have this family event returning to downtown South Milwaukee.
These types of partnerships are exciting to see, and you will see more of them with me as mayor. Learn more here.
The South Milwaukee Downtown Market begins its sixth summer season on Thursday, June 5 … one block away from its traditional home.
You’ve probably noticed construction on 11th Avenue, which is expected to continue through July. Until then, the market will set up in the Salvatore’s/Papa Luigi’s II/Caterpillar parking lot on 12th and Milwaukee. The market will move back to its current home when the work is done.
Hours are the same: 3 to 7 p.m. each week. And the market will still feature the same vendors and weekly live music at its new (two-month) home.
So mark your calendar, and we’ll see you June 5!
Check out the NOW story for more.
(And look forward to the new-look 11th Avenue, too. When it’s done, besides a new road, the project will deliver decorative lighting, enhanced landscaping and other improvements.)
It’s another beautiful day for a market … and today is our season-ending Fall Family Festival, as we offer free pumpkins (and pumpkin decorating) for the kids, as well as face painting, Halloween mask making and trick-or-treating.
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m., and we’re located at 11th and Milwaukee Avenues.
Learn more here. And see you at the market!
Here are 20 more reasons to stop by the South Milwaukee Downtown Market this week.
The South Milwaukee Health Fair, presented by South Shore Family Chiropractic, is set for 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the market (11th and Milwaukee Avenues downtown).
More than 20 health-related vendors are expected, in addition to the more than 40 traditional market merchants.
Just added to the Health Fair lineup: Danielle Zirkel, a healthcare outreach specialist at Community Advocates of Milwaukee. She’ll be at the market from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a stage presentation at 4. She’ll take questions about the Affordable Care Act.
Learn more on our Facebook page … and see you at the market!
We love special events at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. A big one is coming up — the South Milwaukee Health Fair on Thursday, September 5.
Learn more about this partnership with South Shore Family Chiropractic in this press release.
And if you haven’t been to the market lately, stop by. We’re having a terrific fifth season. And be sure to like us on Facebook!
To anyone who has attended the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, you know music is important to us.
We want to deliver an experience that goes beyond shopping — truly an event that people look forward to every week.
That starts with music … and brings me to the news.
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is bringing three concerts to the market, with the first one this Thursday, July 11.
All three acts are truly unique:
- July 11: Brett Newski. Newski is an indie pop singer, songwriter and guitarist from Saigon, Vietnam, whose most recent album “Tiny Victories” includes songs and tales from that country. He has been touring Vietnam on his Folk Catastrophe Tour, a benefit for disaster relief in the U.S. http://brettnewski.com/
- August 8: Jim Green. Green is a Guitar Idol champion and was voted one of the “best artists in the Midwest” by Billboard Magazine. His music has been licensed by United Church of Christ and used in documentaries, such as “Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti.” www.jimgreenmusic.com
- August 15: OPUS Jazz Band. An icon of Wisconsin jazz, the band was founded more than 30 years ago and nominated for a 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for “best jazz group.” OPUS has shared the stage with jazz artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyro, Bill Bruford and many others. http://www.opusjazzband.com/
Of course, these performances are in addition to our regular weekly music.
Learn more in this press release, and see you at the market!