We all have a "Milwaukee Bucket List," meaning Brew City-related things we want to see, do or buy at some point in the future. A new book, "111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss," written by Milwaukee native Michelle Madden, is packed with potential bucket-list spots.
Tonight, Madden and photographer Janet McMillan will share stories about their book – over dinner and drinks – at the Tavern at Turner Hall, 1034 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave. There will also be a guided tour of Turner Hall's murals.
"The book is a love letter to Milwaukee," says Madden. "It was so much fun chasing down memories of the Milwaukee of my youth, but also seeing the city with fresh eyes, discovering how it’s evolved, acting like a tourist and having an excuse to seek out all of the amazingly passionate, fascinating people who give this town its unique charm and character."
Basically, it's a guide for locals as well as guests that reveals the hidden gems in this town, some of which might be new to even the most seasoned Milwaukeean.
Showcased locales go beyond the usual Milwaukee haunts and include Best Place’s Gift Shop, Green Gallery, Al Capone's Hideout, Grebe's Bakery, the Morris Pratt Institute and many, many more. The guidebook also shares stories of famous and infamous locals likes Harry Houdini – who lived in Appleton for a spell – and the late piano virtuoso Liberace.
"Capturing the diverse places throughout the city was both very exciting and challenging," says McMillan, who attended local schools St. Jude the Apostle and Pius XI High School with Madden. "It was also an incredible learning experience for me about my own city."
Tonight's event features dinner, drinks, conversation about the book, and a tour at 5:30 p.m. at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave. Go here for more information. You can also buy the book here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.