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.
Here's news from South Milwaukee's favorite Celtic band, the Garlic Mustard Pickers:
As we approach St. Patrick's Day, the band's performance calendar starts to get busy - and fun!
Catch us at one of the following gigs:
Sunday March 10th:
The Pullin' O the Green (in South Milwaukee)
This evening of Irish food and music is the primary fundraiser event for Friends of Grant Park.
Location: Grant Park golf course Clubhouse, 100 Hawthorne Ave, South Milwaukee.
Cost: $12 admission gets you a serving of corned beef or stew or vegetarian soup, plus a beer or beverage
Performance times: Two seatings: 4:30 pm, and 6:30 pm
Advance tickets are available. Details at www.fogp.org
Friday March 15th:
Contra Dance at the Falcon Bowl (in Riverwest, Milwaukee)
If you've ever wanted to dance to our style of music, this is a great opportunity to do it in a friendly setting.
You can come with, or without, a partner.
Contra dancing originated with the dances done in the "great halls" in England and Ireland.
Location: 801 East Clark Street, Milwaukee
Time: Some introductory teaching (with recorded music) will be done at 7:00 PM.
Our band starts playing at 8:00 PM
Admission: $10 (or thereabouts)
Sunday March 17th - Saint Patrick's Day
Greendale Community Church - worship service, followed by a luncheon concert
The worship service starts at 9:30. The "coffee hour and luncheon" music will start around 11 AM.
Cost for the luncheon is $7, but you should contact the church office for tickets ahead of time if you plan to come.
Thanks for supporting our band!
The Garlic Mustard Pickers, Inc.
You can always check out our full performance calendar at
Garlic Mustard Pickers help make for a fun evening at Grant Park Clubhouse. More below photo.
While lots of people partake of what has become a fantastic annual event -- two seatings, full house for each -- it's possible not all know who does the coordinating and work and what the purpose of it is -- except to have a great time, eat great food and listen to great food. I asked one of the organizers, Betsy Abert, for a list of those who should be thanked. She did such a great job letting me know who they are, what they did and the work that will be done with the funs that were raised, here is her reply in her own words. Thank you, Betsy!
I've seen this women's a capella choral group perform. They are great! And to think, this show is free! And convenient.
It's pretty awesome in my book when some sharp and obviously well-versed 1st and 2nd graders can call out the state poet laureate -- and me -- on a faulty attribution.
When I heard the rebroadcast on December 24 of Kathleen Dunn's April 5, 2012, program on WPR celebrating National Poetry Month I couldn't wait to tell Mrs. Janet Horrigan's students at E.W. Luther Elementary School where I help out on occasion. The reason is the poet, Bruce Dethlefsen, read and exclaimed over a poem he said was written by a Sun Prairie 2nd grader.