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Cudahy Jogger Runs to Pacific Ocean

There is lots of news to report this month. First, I suffered a running-related injury on Oct. 29th and could not run for nearly the whole month of November. Not being able to run was agony. I now realize that I am addicted to running. I finally am recovered and am returning to my training with a vengeance. I am looking forward to training hard in 2008 and competing in a number of races during the year.

In other news, I saw the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 24th. The MSO performed Bethoven’s eighth symphony and two other works. What a beautiful concert! It was a wonderful experience and I will never forget it. (I am a huge fan of Bethoven.)

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Garlick Mustard Pickers to perform in St Francis, South Milwaukee

The Garlic Mustard Pickers are back and are planning performances for 2008! The Garlic Mustard Pickers are having their first concert of 2008 on Monday, January 7th at Fixx. Fixx is a smoke-free coffee shop in St. Francis near the Lakefront Condo’s in St. Francis. The band will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The address of Fixx is 3558 Sivyer Ave, St Francis, and is located just off Packard Ave about one block north of Howard Avenue. Fixx’s phone number is (414) 482-0919. The Garlic Mustard Pickers is a Celtic Band and performs Celtic and Folk music. I have seen them several time and they are one of my all-time favorite bands. I listen to their CD, “Off to the Woods” all the time and I also have some of the CD’s made by Bohrer Moraim. Bohrer Moraim was a previous celtic band with many of the same members as Garlic Mustard Pickers. If you like Celtic Music you will love this band. If you can’t make the gig on Jan. 7th, the band will be playing more throughout 2008. In addition to Jan. 7th, the Garlic Mustard Pickers will be playing on the following days: Monday, February 4th, at Fixx; Monday, March 3rd at Fixx;Saturday, March 8th at the Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse. The last date listed, Saturday, March 8th, is the annual “Pullin O’ the Green”. The $10.00 admission gets you a fine Irish meal, a beer or other beverage, and some fine Celtic Music. Food is served starting at 5 pm and the band plays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. This is a major fundraiser for the Friends of Grant Park. Several of the members of The Garlic Mustard Pickers are also active in the Friends of Grant Park. The Garlic Mustard Pickers members are active in the local community and have made major contributions to the upkeep and maintenance of Grant Park.  I recently had the opportunity to speak to band member Don Lawson. Don and I got to know each other when our sons were in Boy Scouts together, and I have followed his band since then. 

According to Don, “We appreciate anything you'd want to say about the musical style of our group. But there's another side to the band that is probably not well known. This band is not just a group of musicians. The band is a corporation that has been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. The band has a strong track record of supporting community service programs”.
 
“Even though the band is still investing in its future (building up its sound system, setting aside money to produce a second CD), in 2007 we were able to donate 50% of band income to local service projects. We expect that in 2008 that the percentage of donations
will increase”.

 Wow! That is a true success story. If only more people showed that level of commitment to the local parks and to the community in general. What a better world we would live in! If you want to show your support for the Friends of Grant Park and make a positive impact on the community, as well as hearing some awesome Celtic music, mark your calendar for one or more of these outstanding performances. I know I’ll be there!

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