Headed with a pal to Man of La Mancha at the Milwaukee Rep (garnered rave reviews) followed by dinner at the Spanish tapas place Movida (more stellar reviews) then perhaps a Ballast Point Habanero at the Tin Widow. What is not to love with this Saturday night schedule of events?
Today attended the Mequon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the River Club. Wanted to hear what my old friend, journalist Mike Gousha had to say. A huge turnout, lots of friends and business acquaintances in attendance. His overview was on point and not at all politically biased in the presentation. The most pointed that he got was repeatedly saying this political season is “different”. Boy, is that the truth!
Monday I attended a really good luncheon event sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club (of which I am a member). The topic was Milwaukee entertainment/sports venues and featured the leaders of many of those groups. Moderated by three journalists. It was refreshing to hear that the arts are alive and thriving here and the leadership of all the groups work together. The venue was unique, the stage of the Riverside Theatre. Saw loads of media friends and it was a great time to catch up.
It is always an amazing awakening to discover a new world-class yet smallish American city. Grand Rapids, Michigan was a revelation this past Friday. The host of Art Prize, the world’s largest art festival with the world’s largest prize. 3 square miles of this lovely, architecturally impressive small city is home to the 8th annual Art Prize. The total prize money is $500K with a $200K grand prize. Saw some amazing work at the art museum, Fredrick Meijer Sculpture/Horitcultural Garden, Convention Center the art school and dozens of venues throughout the city. A bucket list item for sure…it runs through October 1. My favorite was the bronze butterfly installation with more than 12oo butterflies in flight.
It is such a pleasure to continue to serve on the Wisconsin Arts Board, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts. The WAB receives half its funding from the NEA and matching funds from the State of Wisconsin. This 15 member board from all over Wisconsin is a terrific group of committed volunteers (aided by four staff members) who develop, encourage and support the arts throughout Wisconsin. One of the greatest pleasures is to serve as a panel moderator as grant applications are discussed and chosen.
Tonight we gather in Milwaukee for a fun, social dinner at Cafe Benelux before convening tomorrow for our quarterly meeting at The Wisconsin Center where the Midwest Arts Council is having their meeting.
As Vice Chair of the Wisconsin Arts Board I am so looking forward to the Arts Midwest Conference to be held in Milwaukee this year. Tonight is the opening event at the Marcus Center and I am delighted to be there to hear featured speaker Dasha Kelly, nationally know writer, artist and social entrepreneur. She was named Artist of the Year in 2016 by the City of Milwaukee. More than 1000 performing arts professionals comprising artists, managers and agents; performing arts presenters; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond will be in attendance.
Yes, time to worship the harvest with local award-winning wines and abundant farmer’s market produce. Oh, here’s something fun to do with a pumpkin! It’s a free, fun family festival in the heart of the historic district. 60,000 of your closest friends will be there…you should be too. September 17 & 18. Come visit my clients, The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement for great grilled foods, live bands, marketplace, 25 shops, restaurants and Cedar Creek Winery – and on Sunday at 2 pm watch the hilarious Giant Pumpkin Regatta.
The last days of summer are always kind of sad for me. I’ll miss swimming in the lake as it begins to cool each September day, hanging out on the swimming dock with friendly, companionable dragonflys, neighbor kids laughing with their friends and cousins while they splash in the water, watching quiet kayakers paddle by, lazy dinners outdoors, the loons diving and calling, the bald eagles circling overhead. But, there is still time to enjoy the jeep bouncing over ATV trails, reading in an Adirondack chair on the porch or in my treehouse and maybe pancakes and bacon on the deck on a crisp sunny morning. I hope your summer was a lovely as mine.