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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.

A Celtic Halloween Party

From our Garlic Mustard Pickin' Friends: 

On Saturday Oct 25th The Garlic Mustard Pickers will be helping Friends of
Grant Park with a family event.  It's the "Celtic Halloween" party, with a
costume parade for kids, followed by a performance of Irish and Scottish
songs about "ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that
go bump in the night."

Location is the Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse (at the east end of
Hawthorne Ave in South Milwaukee).  Doors open at 6 pm.  A kids' costume
parade is at 6:30, and the music starts in earnest at 7 pm.  It's $5 for
adults, $2 for kids.  Admission gets you a dessert and a beverage (soda or
hot cider, etc.) and a lot of fun music that you'll never hear anywhere

This event is only done every other year.  If you miss this one, you'll have
to wait until 2010 for the next one.

Nona's Cafe to Serve up a Treat

fundraiser, Halloween, Nona's Cafe, Rotary, treat neighbors

One of the really great things about living in South Milwaukee is getting to meet new neighbors. That’s what my husband did a couple of weeks ago when he took our four-year-old granddaughter, Allie, to breakfast at a new restaurant in town, Nona’s Café.

It was a double a treat for Allie. She not only got to go to breakfast with her Grand Dad, she got to eat a chocolate waffle.

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'Trick or Treat' a real treat!

Darth Vader, David, Goliath, Kids, light saber, Pooh the Pooh, Sith, Sleeping Beauty, 'The Scream', Tigger, trick-or-treaters

We got kids -- lots of kids! We probably got more kids this year than any of the previous six Halloweens since we've lived in South Milwaukee. And they were great! Ghosts, ghouls, skeletons, 'The Scream', Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too, a shark with legs poking out its jaws, princesses, Sleeping Beauty, even a pint-sized Darth Vader. And we 'Darth Vadered' him back. Son Chris visiting from Michigan had dressed in black and donned cape and over-the-head mask with an amplified voice altering electonic box. He then went outside to greet the costumed trick-or-treaters with a scary-sounding "Give in to the dark side" and handfuls of candy.

Mr. pint-sized Vader's eyes widened when he spied his larger twin. He immediately raised light saber and challenged the candy-dispensing Sith to a duel. Then with treat in hand he started to leave. When he got to the street though, he paused, looked back at his larger nemesis, turned and came back up the sidewalk for a rematch. 

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Garlic Mustard Pickers Events

Celtic, Chrismas, Garlic Mustard Pickers

This from our Garlic Mustard Pickers neighbors:

The band had a very fun evening performing at the 2008 "Celtic Halloween" party (fundraiser for Friends of Grant Park).  If you missed it, there is talk that the party might become an annual event.

Here is information on the band's performance schedule for November.

Sunday Nov 23rd
Folkfair International 2008 (International Institute of Wisconsin)
State Fair Park
2:00 pm in the "Coffeehouse Entertainment" area
(that's the "food court" stage)

Sunday Nov 30th
"Old Fashioned Christmas"
South Milwaukee City Hall,
2415 15th Ave, South Milwaukee
The band plays from 2:10 to 3:00 pm,
peforming Renaissance and Celtic Christmas music
There are lots of other local groups performing from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Admission is free

You can always find an up-to-date schedule at the band's website,

We hope to see you at a gig!
The Garlic Mustard Pickers

The Choice

Barack Obama, John McCain, presidential election

No candidate for political office is perfect. Politicians are just that. Politicians. Plus, they’re human. None can or will do everything any one voter likes or supports. Even so, we vote for the one we think will do the best job. I have already made a decision and cast my vote in this year’s presidential election, as many of you no doubt also have done. Even if you haven’t I don’t presume to think anything I have to say will sway you. In light of the inflammatory allegations and claims that have been tossed into the campaign, I would like to share my opinion to let you know the reasoning behind my decision. It isn’t because I’m a Democrat. I’m not and never have been. Despite growing up in a staunch Republican household, as an adult I have almost always voted for the candidate, not a party. An exception was 2004, when I voted against the incumbent. This time I voted for what I think is in my best interests and what I hope will most benefit my neighbors, community and country.

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