STAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN CEDARBURG

It couldn’t be a more perfect summer afternoon today.  Huge crowds all over the Historic Cedarburg district.  May break our 100,00o attendance record.  This is my client The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement.  Going strong with live music, local wine, great food and a happy party atmosphere.  Our 31st year and it just keeps getting better.  I love this place – 150 year old buildings, repurposed and still rockin’ it!

STAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN CEDARBURG

It couldn’t be a more perfect summer afternoon today.  Huge crowds all over the Historic Cedarburg district.  May break our 100,00o attendance record.  This is my client The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement.  Going strong with live music, local wine, great food and a happy party atmosphere.  Our 31st year and it just keeps getting better.  I love this place – 150 year old buildings, repurposed and still rockin’ it!

STAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN CEDARBURG

It couldn’t be a more perfect summer afternoon today.  Huge crowds all over the Historic Cedarburg district.  May break our 100,00o attendance record.  This is my client The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement.  Going strong with live music, local wine, great food and a happy party atmosphere.  Our 31st year and it just keeps getting better.  I love this place – 150 year old buildings, repurposed and still rockin’ it!

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL BAND

I have been working on the 31st annual Strawberry Festival in Historic Cedarburg for the past few weeks.  This event brings more than 100,000 attendees over the weekend, June 25 & 26.  This fabulous band Bobby Way & Wayouts has played for us at The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement (my client) for 17 consecutive years.  They are crazy good and just plain crazy in a good way.  They bring hundreds of their own fans to our courtyard.  Will see them Sunday 12-4.

Our Great Lake Stable Silks

Jockey Jose Valdiva rode Dr. Clark yesterday in Chicago.  He is wearing our Great Lake Stable silks designed by the talented Sarrah Gielow.  The blue field with white wave represents Lake Michigan (as well as the M for Milwaukee).  The colors were chosen to be very visible while the horses are on the far side of the track coming around the turn for home and moving fast.

NEW SHOES…

Yesterday at the barn at Arlington Park Racecourse our horse, Dr. Clark was patiently getting four new shoes.  It was so funny to watch him helpfully lift each leg as the blacksmith began to work on him.  He is a sweetheart and all the grooms love him. What was really interesting is that he was scheduled to race in an allowance race just 2 hours later in a demanding field of former stakes winners.  Alas, he was picked to win but came in 4th.  However, the horses that beat him were used to running in much bigger races so next time we will choose a different race for him.

THE WISCONSIN HUMANITIES COUNCIL

Long before I was appointed by Governor Walker to the Wisconsin Arts Board (an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Arts) I was appointed to the Wisconsin Humanities Council (an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities) by  Governor Thompson.  I was on the WHC for seven years, chair for two years.  During that tenure I frequently urged the WHC to create an Alumni Committee of past chairs and board members.  As alums we are all over the state, committed to the WHC message but with no mechanism to contribute…we were a valuable commodity lost to them.  Well, finally the WHC Alumni Committee has been organized.  Tomorrow at the University Club of Madison I will attend the first meeting.  Bravo!

The painting is in the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Grohman Museum of “Mothers at Work”.  This is fitting since “People at Work” is one of the featured 2016 program focuses of the WHC.

AUTHOR J. RYAN STRADAL

Yesterday was fun with J. Ryan.  The moment I picked him up at the airport you could see his Midwestern niceness (although he resides in LA) and sense of humor.  He did an in-studio interview on The Morning Blend, then I gave him a tour of Milwaukee, lent him my Milwaukee Art Museum membership pass, suggested lunch at Harbor House and he did it all.  Then his event with a crowd of 60+ people at Elm Grove Public Library was terrific.  NY Times bestselling author Lauren Fox (a Milwaukee native) showed up and we had a great conversation.  Just a great day!

First Lady of Wisconsin’s Luncheon & Fashion Show

Some days are better than others.  I took two friends with me to Madison today for the First Lady’s Luncheon and Fashion Show benefitting the Executive Residence Renovation Fund.  Outdoors under tents on Lake Mendota.  A sell out crowd of ladies in hats (and jackets because of the stiff breeze/chilly temps).  A really lovely, very girly event. Plus, lucky, lucky me, I was the winner of TWO raffle prizes including super cool Koss headphones.  A really lovely day to just hang out and play hooky for a good cause.

Memorial Day Weekend, 2016

A totally relaxing weekend at our cozy and remote lake cottage in Northern Wisconsin.  When the chores were done each day to get the place ready for summer fun, we celebrated with a nice cocktail and good books – and took time to remember those who served so bravely and honorably.