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Drink Wisconsinbly coming to Walker's Point.
Drink Wisconsinbly coming to Walker's Point.

Drink Wisconsinbly moving into Blue Jacket space

Drink Wisconsinbly – the maker of Wisconsin-themed T-shirts, hoodies, hats, drinkware and more – will move into the former Blue Jacket space, 135 E. National Ave. Blue Jacket closed in July.

It has been rumored that Drink Wisconsinbly will be a retail space as well as a bar / tasting room. 

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available. In the mean time, drink Wisconsinbly.

Wisconsin kids needs socks, especially in winter.
Wisconsin kids needs socks, especially in winter.

Holiday Sock Drive offers easy, affordable way to give

Recently, I interviewed Lona Long, who oversees the Robyn’s Nest – a warehouse of donated clothing available to kids and their caregivers who are connected to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s medical, social or foster programs.

Long informed me that socks are an often-overlooked donation item and that therefore clean / new socks are always in need.

Hence, OnMilwaukee decided to help out with a Holiday Sock Drive to collect pairs and packages of socks for infants, children, teens and adults. New socks are preferred, but very gently used ones are also appreciated.

Sock donation bins are at the City Center, 735 N. Water St., and Sabbatic, 700 S. 2nd St., through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

For more information, email me at Buy some socks. Be extra-awesome this holiday season.

Decorations on overdrive at Candy Cane Lane.
Decorations on overdrive at Candy Cane Lane. (Photo: Facebook)

Candy Cane Lane plugs in on Friday

Candy Cane Lane will celebrate 30 years this season when it plugs in the lights on Friday, Nov. 27. They will stay aglow through Sunday, Dec. 27.

Located in West Allis, Candy Cane Lane – bounded by Oklahoma and Montana Avenues and 92nd to 96th Streets – features numerous neighborhood blocks with extremely festive and decorated houses.

It's free to drive through Candy Cane Lane, but it is also a benefit for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund so donations are accepted by volunteers at designated collection sites.

The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Remember to drive slowly and turn your lights on.

There is also scheduled entertainment that will take place during the month-long run. Go here for the full line-up, and stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for an interview with a resident who lives on Candy Cane Lane (we have so many questions for her!).

So far, about 1,800 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the U.S.
So far, about 1,800 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the U.S. (Photo:

Shorewood woman hopes to host Syrian refugees

Gretchen Mead owns a bungalow-style home in Shorewood that she shares with her two children, ages 7 and 9. Occasionally, she rents out two extra bedrooms to travelers through Air B&B.

"I enjoy interacting with people from around the world and I think it’s good for my children. I want them to be prepared for sharing in the future, whether it’s a dorm room or an apartment or other resources," says Mead. "Plus, having guests makes me clean my house more often."

Earlier this week, after looking at tragic photos of Syrian refugee children on Facebook, Mead decided she was going to do something to help. She posted this to Facebook:

"I’m considering inviting a Syrian Family to live with my family. I am considered lower middle income, but I have two extra bedrooms, more clothes than I can shove in my drawers, a pantry stashed full of amazing food and enough expendable income that I bought tickets for my entire family to fly to the Grand Canyon for Thanksgiving. I have enough. My kids have enough. If they don't attend summer camp this year, they still have enough. Everyone in my community has enough. If I’m honest with my deepest soul, I can't find a compelling reason why I shouldn't bring a family in need to live with my family."

Almost 400 people liked this post and Mead received a barrage of texts and messages from people who supported her effort and / or offered to host refugees as well. Within an hour, Mead scheduled a meeting for people open to sharing their home with Syrian refugees.

Mead is uncertain how the passing of yesterday’s bill in the U.S. House of Representatives might affect her plans. The bill prohibits Syrian and Iraqi refugees admission to the United States without a background check and security clearance from the FBI director, the Homeland Security secretary and the director of National Intelligence.

Mead, who is the executive director of the Victory Gardens Initiative, says she does not identify as a conservative or a liberal, nor is s…