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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.

Christmas Market Tomorrow & Next Saturday

South Milwaukee Christmas Market, Caterpillar, Erik Brooks, ChopArt, Black Shamrocks

Tomorrow is the first of two Saturdays for the South Milwaukee Christmas Market at Caterpillar's Heritage Building and Museum, 1970 10th Avenue. Market hours for both tomorrow and Dec. 10 are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This Christmas Market offers two great opportunities.

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Celebrate New Year's Celticly With the Garlic Mustard Pickers

Garlic Mustard Pickers, New Year's, O'Lydia's Pub, Mitchell Park Domes

Here's New Year's news from South Milwaukee neighbors, the Garlic Mustard Pickers:

You have two opportunities to hear The Garlic Mustard Pickers on New Year's Eve.

Celebrate Ireland's New Yea
When it's 6:00 PM in Milwaukee, it's 12:00 Midnight in Dublin.

The location:
O'Lydia's Pub
338 South 1st St in Milwaukee (Roughly a half mile north of the Allen Bradley factory.)
5:00-6:30 PM

O'Lydia's has a fine menu of Irish-style pub food, including a broad line of sandwiches and a great Shepherd's Pie. Every "Irish" bar serves Guinness, but O'Lydia's is the only place I've been in that also routinely offers Lakefront Brewery's "Snake Chaser" stout. That's being seriously Irish, and it supports a local small brewery, too.

At 6:31 PM the band packs up and makes a quick drive 2.5 miles to the west. After a check on the hammered dulcimer (which can require up to 120 separate tuning peg adjustments), we start our second gig:

Celebrate a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve at the Mitchell Park Domes
524 South Layton Blvd (remember that's actually South 27th Street), Milwaukee
7:15-10:00 PM
The Domes charges an modest admission: $5 for kids and senior citizens, $6.50 for adults

We've done "New Year's at the Domes" a couple of times in years past. If the format has remained unchanged, this makes a good family outing. We've been told that on this New Year's the Domes will close up shortly after 10:00 PM, so it looks like we'll celebrate a Cape Breton New Year's. (When it's 10 PM in Milwaukee, it's 12 midnight in Nova Scotia.) Perhaps that's appropriate - Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish song, and there are none so Scottish as the Scots who settled Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

We hope to see you on New Year's Eve, and we wish you a Happy Holidays and a great 2012.

Here are some links...

for the band:

for O'Lydia's:

for The Mitchell Park Domes:

Local Art Gallery Pre-Christmas Jewelry Sale

Studio 915, jewelry sale, Christmas, Joe and Dawn Mader, Erik Brooks

Studio 915 First Annual pre-Christmas Jewelry Sale
Saturday, December 17 at 11:00am
Location: Studio 915

With Christmas still more than a week away, Saturday, Dec. 17, is a great time to pick up a special gift for that special someone, support the arts and shop local all at the same time.

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A Bright Sign of Better Times

Economy, Christmas lights

Among indicators that the economy is improving, but that hasn't been mentioned in media reports are the Christmas lights that are decorating houses throughout South Milwaukee. this year More plentiful and beautiful than I've seen in a long time. A sign of people's more optimistic economic outlook?

Studio 915's artist of the day

Chapen Hayslett, Studio 915, Joe Mader, Dawn Mader, ChopArt

South Milwaukee's premier art gallery is featuring Los Angeles TV & film editor Chapen Hayslett as Artist of the day. Here's Studio 915's post on Facebook:
"Chapen is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television and lives in Los Angeles where he is a television and film editor. His unique and colorful style is appealing to people of all ages! I encourage everyone to visit his website...Better yet stop in at the Gallery and buy a few of his AWESOME originals!!portfolio-1"

Stop by Studio 915 and have a look at all the stunning, provocative and whimsical art on display there--much with very affordable pricetags. The Studio is at 915 Milwaukee Avenue, South Milwaukee.

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Happy Holidays!

The best and warmest of holidays and a happy, healthy 2012 to all of my South Milwaukee neighbors and friends.

Studio 915 Art Class Schedule

Art classes, Studio 915, Dawn Mader, Joe Mader

Artist and Studio 915 co-owner Dawn Mader has posted her art class schedule. Interested? Want more information? Contact Dawn or her husband and co-owner Joe Mader at (414) 882-1182. 

Countering an "Occupy" Disser

Occupy Movement, 1%, Bradley Schiller, American Dream

Someone I know who is articulate and has strong moral and polical beliefs, sent a letter to the local newspaper rebutting what she thought was fallacious reasoning about the Occupy Movement in an opinion piece the paper published. The paper chose not to publish her letter, perhaps because it was just so spot on.

The grabber in the editorial page column for my acquaintance was the assertion that, "What really motivates the Occupy movement is not resentment against the 1% but a sense of futility in grappling with a weak economy. With unemployment hovering around 9%, and with all the recurrent plant closings, foreclosures and cutbacks in public services, there is a lot of anger to vent. But class warfare isn't the solution."

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