If you’ve been looking for an excuse to check out Trimborn Farm in Greendale – not that you need one – why not make it the 38th Annual Harvest of Arts & Crafts Weekend, which takes place this week, Sept. 11-12?
More than 110 artists – selected by a jury – and vendors will be on hand for the annual weekend of fun and food at the historic 7.5-acre Milwaukee-area farmstead, 8881 W. Grange Ave.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the historic Trimborn Farm buildings – including two beautiful barns, one stone, the other timber – will house artists and their work.
There will also be food, beer and wine thanks to the Sprecher Beer Garden Fire Truck.
There will also be music and more, including Kettle Korn and the “famous Trimborn Farm cookies.”
Free parking is available on site, but it’s limited, so consider parking at Southridge Mall and taking the free shuttle.
Tickets for the event are $5 and children 10 and under are admitted free.
Masks are recommended and most of the fair is outdoors.
Educator Mary Jo Knapp of the Milwaukee County Historical Society – which manages the farm – gave me a little tour recently and talked about the Harvest of Arts & Crafts. Watch that here:
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.