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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

SM's Own GMPs Playing at Folk Art Fair

Garlic Mustard Pickers, Holiday Folk Fair, Kinsella Academy of Dance, Mitchell Park Domes

South Milwaukee's fantastic Celtic band, the Garlic Mustard Pickers, is performing at  the Holiday Folk Fair (at State Fair Park) on the weekend of Nov 16-18. You can find them on the Food Court Stage on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

In recognition of the many people at this event who like to do folk dancing, we'll be mostly be playing traditional dance music.

Looking ahead to December:
The GMP will also perform on Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Mary's Church in the town of Dover in Racine County (a few miles west of Union Grove. Directions are on the GMP website at

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Rotary Clubs Reach 360 for Thanksgiving

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Waukesha County Technical College, Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, Amigos Rotary Club

 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a heart-warming story today about Waukesha County Technical College culenary students cooking Thanksgiving dinners for 10 deserving families.

Another service-minded organization that thinks of others this time of year is the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, which covers the cities of South Milwaukee, Franklin, Oak Creek, Cudahy and St. Francis, and the Milwaukee community of Bay View. Every year this group of about 20 members raises the funds to buy turkeys and all the makings for Thanksgiving dinners for a number of economically disadvantaged families and shut ins. This year, working in collaboration with the Amigos Rotary Club of Milwaukee, that number totaled Thanksgiving dinner fixings for 50 families and prepared meals for 12 additional families, all of which reached a total of 360 people. 

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I Second This!

Erik Brooks, Studio One Art Glass, Christmas

South Milwaukee Alderman Erik Brooks is starting a 12-days of South Milwaukee series on his The first is Studio One Art Glass. Here's the link to his post:

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Put SMPAC on Your Christmas Shopping List

Erik Brooks, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

 I really agree with Alderman Erik Brooks about a great Christmas gift idea. Here's the link to his blog post:

Children's Book Author Addresses Rotary

Janet Halfmann, Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, Golden Books, Erik Brooks,

 South Milwaukee children's book author Janet Halfmann told members of the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field on Wednesday about her career as a newspaper and magazine editor, her years with Golden Books when that company was based in Racine and her breakthrough in the commercial world of children's publishing.

Here she talks about how she developed the idea for her award-winning book, Fur and Feathers:

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