Milwaukee kicked off its 414 Day Celebration on Tuesday with the unfurling of a massive 414 Flag on City Hall. The flag, designed by Fred Gillich, will remain on the landmark until next week.
To honor the 414 flag event as well as the city of Milwaukee in general for 414 Day, local filmmaker Wes Tank made this "visual love poem of Milwaukee." Musician Gina Marie Barrington and Rose of the West contributed the heartfelt song.
"Milwaukee is who I fight for. All of my life I’ve advocated for Milwaukee and have maintained that her greatest resource is her people," says Gillich. "The Milwaukee Way is to draw everyone into the circle, where our stories intersect, where we learn from each other in order to speak for ourselves. My hope is that we have the patience to listen to each other. 414 Everyone!"
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.