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Milwaukee History - Sept. 24, 2017
10 must-see Doors Open MKE sites
There's no better way to get a peek inside Milwaukee's most interesting - and often most historic - sites, many of them typically off limits to the public, than Historic Milwaukee Inc.'s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event. Here are 10 must-see sites.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 22, 2017
Tula Erskine works identified!
This morning I received a note from Nancy Aten, who was scanning works by Milwaukee artist Gertrude Kundman Erskine to be included in Erskine's archive, when she came upon 8x10 photographs of a series of six works that especially caught her attention. Do you recognize them?
Buzz - Sept. 21, 2017
TV newsman & self-avowed boat nerd wants to you to click on his big boat pics
Since 2016, Milwaukee newsman Ben Handelman - an anchor and reporter for Fox 6 News on WITI-TV - has run the Big Boats MKE blog and Twitter feed, sharing the comings and goings of cargo vessels and other lake traffic. It's fun to follow.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 21, 2017
Fruin's variegated water tower hoisted onto Coakley's Walker's Point HQ
Milwaukee has been buzzing about artist Tom Fruin's multicolored "water tower" sculpture that Coakley Brothers announced a couple weeks ago would be installed in the moving, storage and business interiors company's Walker's Point headquarters. This morning it was installed.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Sept. 21, 2017
8 great lakes near Milwaukee that aren't Great Lakes
While we may not be the land of 10,000 lakes, we prize quality over quantity, and there are some great places for recreation and reflection within a quick drive from Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorites.
Milwaukee History - Sept. 20, 2017
Urban spelunking: Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse
Do you ever wonder what it was like for the men who landed on the moon to stand on the cratered surface and look back at the Earth; to be the only folks alive to know the feeling of being out at a place that everyone can see but that no one gets to visit and look back from? I imagine it's much like a visit to the breakwater lighthouse felt - though obviously to the Nth degree - on a recent trip out there on a Coast Guard Aids to Navigation boat.
Buzz - Sept. 20, 2017
Dobkin captures the "Soul of a Port"
As the saying goes, there are eight million stories in the naked city. Milwaukee author Leah Dobkin tells some of them in her book, "Soul of a Port," which aims to do more than simply offer a chronological history of this vital piece of Milwaukee.
Living - Sept. 20, 2017
A Lake Week communion
In honor of OnMilwaukee's Lake Week this week, I decided to commune with Lake Michigan the best way I know how these days: I went for a run.
Milwaukee History - Sept. 20, 2017
Wisconsin Marine Historical Society keeps Great Lakes history afloat
Tucked into the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at the Central Library is a trove of data, photographs and objects detailing the maritime history of the Great Lakes. It is administered by the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and it's there for you to explore.
Milwaukee History - Sept. 19, 2017
Urban Spelunking: A Lafarge cement ship
We took to the drink for a tour of a Lafarge cement ship docked at Jones Island in the Port of Milwaukee to unload "powder" from Lafarge's cement operation in Alpena Mich., before heading out onto the lake for a stop at Grand Haven on its way back up to Alpena.
Music - Sept. 19, 2017
Surf's up: The Exotics wave goodbye to the Milwaukee summer at Red Dot
Though it will already be autumn by the time Milwaukee's premier surf guitar rockers The Exotics take the stage at Red Dot Tosa, 6715 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, it'll still be warm enough to go surfing out on Lake Michigan, should the spirit move you.
Living - Sept. 19, 2017
Downtown landmark church will close; transform into a wedding/events venue
St. James Episcopal Church, which has made its home at 833 W. Wisconsin Ave. since 1851, will close its doors at the end of this month. The building, which was put up for sale a few years ago is in the process of being sold. It will be transformed into a wedding and events venue.
Milwaukee History - Sept. 19, 2017
Urban Spelunking: North Point Lighthouse
Long before there was an East Side, there was a North Point Lighthouse. Today the beacon tower sits surrounded by trees in Lake Park, where it is open as a museum, as well as enduring Milwaukee landmark. Let's go inside.
Buzz - Sept. 18, 2017
1913 hurricane laid a trail of destruction across the Great Lakes
Though we all remember the 2010 "once in a lifetime" storm that caused terrible flooding around the Milwaukee area, few of us have seen anything like the dramatic 1913 Great Lakes hurricane, which toppled ships, killed hundreds sailors - and folks on shore, too - from Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Sept. 18, 2017
Video: A Lake Express Ferry journey
Our first stop on a long road trip east? A 15-minute drive to Bay View to board the Lake Express Ferry. The two-and-half-hour trip not only saved us navigating Chicago on a Friday morning, but was also great fun in itself. And there's definitely something to be said for arriving in Michigan ready to go with a full tank of gas.
#RaiseMKE - Sept. 15, 2017
10 reasons to love the new Pete's Fruit Market in Bronzeville
Having operated his first Wisconsin grocery store on the near South Side since 1992, Greek immigrant Pete Tsitiridis yesterday cut the ribbon on his new location on the corner of King Drive and North Avenue in Bronzeville.
Dining - Sept. 14, 2017
Cooking Channel features Northpoint Custard tonight
Bartolotta Restaurants' Northpoint Custard, 2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., will be included in the first-ever episode of "Seaside Snacks & Shacks," a new television show that launches tonight at 9 p.m. on the Cooking Channel.
#RaiseMKE - Sept. 14, 2017
Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Rescue Mission & former Girls' Tech High
There's something about a beautiful building that was constructed not to boost an ego or to glorify a product or personality, but rather to serve the community. There's something even more glorious about a building like this that is still serving Milwaukee 132 years later.
Movies & TV - Sept. 13, 2017
You could be on "American Pickers"
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are coming to Wisconsin in October searching for gems for "American Pickers." If you have a lead for them, you could end up on the show!
Buzz - Sept. 13, 2017
Summerfest shares details of new North Gate project
After opening a new Miller Lite Oasis area at this year's Summerfest and announcing that a new amphitheater would be constructed, Summerfest officials today announced the details of a new North Gate area that will better link the festival grounds to Milwaukee's new Lakefront Gateway and Downtown.
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