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The final birthday celebration takes place on Sunday at Barnacle Bud's. Music by Jimmi T starts at 1 p.m.
The final birthday celebration takes place on Sunday at Barnacle Bud's. Music by Jimmi T starts at 1 p.m.

Birthday bashes for "Barnacle Bud"

Milwaukee bar and restaurant owner Gene McKiernan turns 70 this weekend, and he’s celebrating at all of his popular locales.

McKiernan owns Ducky’s Tavern, 3172 S. 8th St., Victoria’s On Potter, 110 E. Potter Ave., McKiernan’s Tavern, 2066 S. 37th St., and Barnacle Bud's, 1955 S. Hillbert St.

The fun started on Thursday at Ducky’s and at noon on Friday at Victoria’s, but continues tomorrow, Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at McKiernan’s Tavern and again on Sunday, March 27 at noon at Barnacle Bud's.

Sorry, Night Owls, but when you have been around for seven decades, the party starts early.

My kids started creating Peep art early this year.
My kids started creating Peep art early this year.
The concept was "Peep zombies." The headstone reads, "Died of bald."
The concept was "Peep zombies." The headstone reads, "Died of bald."
The finished project. We're going to make one more called "The Princess and The Peep."
The finished project. We're going to make one more called "The Princess and The Peep."

Peep Show: Sticky but not seedy

The sixth annual Peep Show is set for Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bay View Brewhaus, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

The event -- which asks for a $2 donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society -- invites the public to create art pieces from marshmallow Peeps to display during the show. Artistic talent is always appreciated, but certainly not necessary.

Not to brag, but I did a nice job showcasing absolutely no artistic talent a few years ago when I lightly chewed a few pink Peeps, spit them into a (never used) avocado green bed pan and declared it "Peep Poop." Another year I wrote a series of Peep-ku, including a haiku about how much Jesus loved Peeps. It turns out, anyone can find inspiration in these sticky, fluffy, uncomfortably neon, barely-edible Easter-time treats!

Organizer Nicole Reid suggests that you buy your Peeps now, take them out of the plastic and let them get a little stale before trying to create with them.

"They are easier to work with when stale," she says.

And some of us, prefer to eat them when stale, too. But not too stale.

Get your kid's bike out of the basement and onto the road this summer.
Get your kid's bike out of the basement and onto the road this summer.

Cool bike camp for kids

Last week, OnMilwaukee.com published a guide to day camps, and here’s one more that sounds pretty good.  Bike Kids Wisconsin is a week-long biking camp for middle school-aged kids in Milwaukee. 

The sessions run from June 13 to Aug. 22. The cost is $350 per week or $650 for two kids. Although this is about $100-150 pricier than other summer day camps, the amount of time spent at camp each day is longer, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 or 5:30 p.m. (Many other day camps run from about 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and require an extra charge for before and / or after care.)

The camp offers bike instruction, bike repair lessons and long bike rides every day to an educational and fun destination.

"Each day we bike to a different activity: rock climbing, Discovery World, Milwaukee River Boat Tour, Growing Power Urban Farm tour and a day at the beach," says counselor / bike instructor Erin Clapper. "After the activity and lunch we head back to Glendale."

Join us next year for the fourth annual Bartender Olympics!
Join us next year for the fourth annual Bartender Olympics!

New video of the Bartender Olympics

In case you missed Bartender Olympics -- or if you want a three-minute recap -- check out this video by Flip Eleven of the highly competitive event that took place Thursday, Feb. 24, at Whiskey Bar, 788 N. Jackson St.


The Bartender Olympics is an annual event where local bartenders compete against each other in categories such as Pabst can stacking, drink ordering, recipe concocting and a talent competition.

This year, bartenders included Pete Marshall (Milwaukee Brat House), Alisha Olson (Jo Cats), Danny Benavante (Bel Air Cantina), Nikki Fountaine (Brewski’s), Shenna Barrette (Blackthorn Pib), Nicky Rev (Cafe Lulu), Spencer Kronz (Vitucci’s), Joe Vella (Paulie’s Pub), Scott Sloan (Kenadee’s) and returning champ Matty Gonzales (Sabbatic).

Sloan was the 2011 Gold Medalist. I am personally honored to have the last line in the video, which is directed at Sloan who guzzled five shots and a pint of alcohol during the "talent" portion of the event.

"Enjoy it now because the hangover tomorrow is going to suck," I say to Sloan.

Thanks again to the event’s sponsors Absolut, Hornitos, Jel Party Shots, Jim Beam, Powers, Skinny Girl, Tanqueray and X-rated.