By Jimmy Carlton Sportswriter Published Jul 17, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Thursday nights are about to get a little prettier in Milwaukee.

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum will open the Demmer-Neptune Gate on July 19 for the first Thursday Night in the Garden, where the public can enjoy the beautiful Renaissance Garden and its Lake Michigan views.

Thursday Nights in the Garden is a weekly event, with extended hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m., that is free with paid admission to the museum – and free to museum members – though donations are accepted.

Visitors can enter the museum through the Demmer-Neptune Gate along Lincoln Memorial Drive and explore the Renaissance Garden’s foliage, flowerbeds, water features, statuary and other landscape features all the way up to the Villa, 2220 N. Terrace Ave.

Bring friends, family or colleagues, get a drink from the cash bar (carry-ins of any kind are prohibited) and experience the beauty of the 95-year-old Italian Renaissance-style villa in a new way.

Thursday Nights in the Garden are subject to weather, so check the Villa Terrace’s website for schedule and information prior to the day of the event.

Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.

After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.

Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.