AUTUMN IN HISTORIC CEDARBURG

I just published the September/October newsletter for my clients at The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement in Historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin (20 minutes north of Milwaukee).  We have a lot of fun events coming up, the 44th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival, September 17 & 18 and Oktoberfest, October 8 & 9.  Plus the amazing shops, restaurants and Cedar Creek Winery housed in the Settlement buildings (circa 1864) along picturesque Cedar Creek.  Check our newsletter out on our webpage . www.cedarcreeksettlement.com

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

With a group of dynamic professional women, aka “Girls Who Wanna Have Fun” we are meeting at Von Trier Beer Hall at 5:30 tomorrow then heading to the Oriental Theater for an invite-only sneak peek premiere preview of what the Milwaukee Film Festival has up its sleeve this fall.  I predict high jinks and high brow (maybe a touch of low brow).

Supporting the Wisconsin Humane Society at Feasting for Felix

The Ozaukee County branch of the Wisconsin Humane Society does amazing work and their facilities are state-of-the-art.  One of their coolest annual fundraising events is Feasting for Felix, a smorgasbord of amazing food, beer and wine from area restaurants (all vegetarian of course).  I love attending this event, seeing friends and meeting new people, wining, dining and of course visiting the adorable pets for adoption and seeing the good work that this organization does.  Thursday at 5:30 that’s where I will be with friends.

GRATITUDE…A TED TALK BY LOUIE SCHWARTZBERG

At dinner last night with a good friend our discussions touched on dozens of subjects.  It was good to laugh, compare notes and dive into deep personal discussions.  The one topic we explored was our deep sense of gratitude for everything in our lives, both good and bad were all learning opportunities.  One thing we are both so grateful for?  To be born in this amazingly beautiful, free, magnanimous country surrounded by generosity and helping hands. America.

One of my favorite documentary TED Talks is named Gratitude by photographer Louie Schwartzberg.  Look it up on YouTube.  It will fill you up, make you smile, bring tears to your eyes and leave you with a wondrous sense of hope and humanity.

FOX6 NOW…THREE YEARS AGO TODAY!

Reporter Brian Kramp made a date with me to feature my author media/tour company Luminaries for his inaugural daily program Studio A, airing on the Milwaukee FOX station. Brian and his photographer spent the morning with me discussing the many famous authors/celebrities I have worked with and visiting all the usual places my author clients go.  The airport, the bookstore and they even dropped by my house to see my home library where more than 2200+ author-signed first editions reside.  To make it seem authentic, Brian pretended to be my author du jour, even designing a cover for his own “novel”.  Such a fun day.

SUMMER DAY AT THE FARMER’S MARKET

Some days are made for playing hooky…like Tuesday with a pal at the local farmer’s market along the river.  Flowers, vegetables, olive oils, baked goods, food trucks…and wine.  A gorgeous August afternoon.  The summer days are fleeting and I aim to squeeze all the sunshine and happiness from the remaining ones!

Ridley Pearson’s new novel White Bone

I have worked with Ridley several times over the years on book tour.  The last time I saw him I was recovering from knee surgery and he was so solicitous of me.  Just finished his latest thriller set in Kenya/Africa.  White Bone is about the dangerous, lucrative, terrifying elephant tusk business.  What a terrific novel.  I learned so much about the current, forbidden ivory trade and the horrifying people who will kidnap, torture, murder to get their hands on this million dollar commodity. A really can’t put down novel.

A GORGEOUS WEEKEND TO VISIT CEDARBURG, WISCONSIN

I absolutely love my clients at The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement.  I have been their executive director for more than 20 years and they are the perfect client.  If you haven’t been to Historic Cedarburg (on the National Register of Historic Places) I recommend it! Spend a romantic, relaxing day sipping (@ Cedar Creek Winery), dining on the terrace along Cedar Creek (@ Anvil Pub & Grille) or shopping in our (20!) unique, trendy, friendly boutiques.  A really fantastic way to spend the day or weekend (Washington House Inn) on a lovely summer day.

VOLUNTEER – IT IS PART OF A HAPPY AND REWARDING LIFE

I have been a community, non-profit and civic volunteer since my 20’s.  I had a great example in my Dad who was always lending a hand, visiting shut-ins or serving on the school board.  Since my mid-20’s I have learned and grown so much by my various volunteer stints in each city I have lived in.  With everyone’s lives so busy I wonder where are the future volunteers coming from.  There is no greater gift to oneself or to others than to do hands-on work with underprivileged communities, fundraising for community betterment or serving on a civic board.  My husband and I have been richly rewarded by these endeavors all of our lives.  Let’s hope the next generation will also pay it forward.