Sunday, November 30, 2008

Neighborhood Sign: Merrill Park

The Merrill Park Neighborhood is on Milwaukee's West Side, from 27th Street to 39th Street, north of the freeway and south of Wisconsin Avenue. Named for the park which can be found on the corner of 35th Street and St Paul Avenue, the neighborhood is home to Marquette University High School and a large number of residences.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Santa's Mailbox

Local radio station WMYX (which has been playing Christmas music since Halloween), is sponsoring Santa's Mailbox, located on the Kilbourn Street side of Cathedral Square Park. Letters dropped off by December 14th will receive an answer from Santa, accomplished with the help of his many elves.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Lights

As part of the Holiday Lights Festival, the lights are up in Cathedral Square Park. Christmas trees decorated by various community organizations and schools are on display, in addition to the lights that fill the park with colorful glow.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Slice of Ice

The refrigerated rink at Red Arrow Park, "Slice of Ice", opened yesterday. By nightfall, the rink was busy with kids of all ages skating and enjoying the crisp late fall weather. Skating is free, and skate rental and skate sharpening are available for $6 each. Weather pending, the rink will be open through February.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Landmark Oriental Theatre

The Oriental Theatre was built on the east side in 1927, and is one of the true jewels of Milwaukee. Its interior and exterior Indian decor is rare among theatres in the U.S., and its Kimball Pipe Organ is one of the largest in a theatre anywhere in the world. I remember going to the Oriental as a teenager in the 80's to see a Who double-feature, and I don't think I've been back since (I lived out of state for 14 years, so give me a break!). I was seriously disappointed when I heard that the theatre was turned into a triplex, but it seems like the main theatre is still there in all its resplendant glory. Rocky Horror Picture Show, anyone?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sesame Chicken

One more picture from the Folk Fair today... this group of girls was just sitting down to lunch on Sunday, and their bright pink outfits really stood out in the middle of the crowd. They had just finished dancing, and seemed anxious to dive in to the chinese food they had purchased.

Monday, November 24, 2008


These kids are dancing the Tarantella on the dance stage at the 2008 Holiday Folk Fair, held this past weekend inside the Wisconsin Exposition Building at State Fair Park. In addition to the dances, the fair offers a wide selection of ethnic foods and a market area where you can purchase goods unique to the cultures represented.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Found this critter exploring the core of a dead tree in Jackson Park. I don't know if he was checking out a possible new home or if he was just making sure that no one was raiding his stash of acorns.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

O, Christmas Tree

Here's another shot from Thursday evening's festivities downtown. The City and County Christmas Tree is in Red Arrow Park, just across Water Street from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Next to the tree is the park's skating rink, which should be open in the next couple weeks. I hope the tree holds up, given all the trauma it has suffered so far.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tree Lighting and Fireworks

Last night, we went to the Tree Lighting at Red Arrow Park, and the Holiday Lights Kick-off at Pere Marquette Park. We arrived at the tree lighting just as the lights came on, and the crowd dispersed soon afterward. Grabbed a hot chocolate at Starbucks, and walked over to the other side of the river for the second act. Fear No Ice, an ice-carving duo, kept people entertained while the crowd there collected quickly. Music and dance groups performed, our extremeties grew numb, and eventually, we got the payoff. Santa showed up, kicked off the lighting of the displays, and the fireworks show was great.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Out On A Call

I was a little surprised when the sirens approaching the house grew louder and louder, then seemed to stop when they got to our front door. The fire truck arrived first, followed by the Paramedic van about 10 minutes later. The van is from the Wauwatosa Fire Department, and must have been filling in on a call that MFD couldn't handle. There was no fire, but someone was taken out on a stretcher.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Alterra - Prospect

This mural is painted on one of the garage doors on the Alterra Coffee location on Prospect Avenue. Many of the Alterra locations use "recycled" buildings, keeping many of the unique architectural features intact and maintaining the buildings' character.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

First Snow

Well, so much for yesterday's comment about "before the snow hits"... we got a round of pretty heavy scattered flurries yesterday, turning the bridges and overpasses into skating rinks, and generally snarling traffic all over the area. Salt trucks have already been out on the roads, and I broke my ice scraper this morning cleaning off the car. A fantastic start to the winter weather season.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Box of Gauges

Over the summer, I was at the Miller Meet at the Milwaukee Mile, and could not resist this box of gauges for sale. Reminds me I should get the cars in for service before the snow hits.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Storm Drain

These labels are found on many of the storm drains around the lakefront. I'm not sure how many panfish are in the lake, but I guess the point gets across. I would have preferred a nice lake trout or a salmon myself. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Randolph Hotel

A big tip of the hat to MKEDP reader Chris, who sent me an email about this billboard at 27th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The billboard at this spot was removed, revealing a much older advertisment for the Randolph Hotel. The hotel was built in the late 1920's by the Randolph Brothers hotel chain at 4th and Wisconsin. I'm not sure which corner it stood on, but it's a fair bet that the building is no longer standing.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Calling

Born in China to Italian parents, Mark di Suvero is a prolific scupltor, with works all over the US and around the world. Milwaukee is home to some of his pieces, including this one, "The Calling". The sculpture has been controversial since its installation in 1982, and continues to be today.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brise Soleil

While I've featured the Milwaukee Art Museum before, I've resisted the temptation to post a solo photo of the outside of what is now our most famous building. No longer. Taken from the west end of the suspension bridge, this photo shows the brise soleil fully open in the morning light.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Corner of Prospect and North

I had the chance to be down on the East Side earlier this week, and had some time to wander with the camera. This building at the southeast corner of Prospect and North Avenues, has some great tilework and a beautiful clock tower.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

Outside the Harley-Davidson Museum, there is a curved steel wall covered with rivets that have been personalized by their buyers. This one says "To our fallen veterans who can not ride anymore". On this Veterans Day, remember all that they have sacrificed to ensure our freedoms, and the freedoms of others around the world.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lincoln Statue

Sculpted by Gaetano Cecere and originally dedicated in 1934, this statue of Abraham Lincoln stands at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. School students of the Milwaukee area collected pennies to pay for the scuplture.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tiny Trains

I know it seems like "Milwaukee Daily Train Photo" lately, but I couldn't let this one get by without mention. Saturday and Sunday, the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park was home to the 2008 edition of Trainfest. The show featured exhibits by model train clubs and vendors' areas where visitors could purchase modeling supplies, memorabilia, and art related to trains and railroading.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

USS Freedom

The USS Freedom (LCS-1) was commissioned today at Veterans' Park on the lakefront. The first of its kind, the Freedom is designed for shallow-water missions. The ship is over 350 feet long, and can accommodate a number of different configurations based on its mission objectives.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Neighborhood Sign: Clarke Square

Located between Pierce Street and Greenfield Avenue on the north and south, and 16th and 27th Streets on the east and west, the Clarke Square neighborhood is an ethnically diverse area just south of the Menomonee Valley. In 1837, land speculator Norman Clarke and his wife Lydia purchased 160 acres and founded the neighborhood. The area filled quickly with European immigrants coming to Milwaukee and working in the Valley. Clarke Square Park, named after the couple, is off Mineral Street between 23rd and 24th Streets.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


At the foot of a large oak tree, hidden among the leaves, the slightly glossy surface of these mushrooms caught my eye in the morning light. I uncovered the pile, and the whole thing was over a foot across. With the temperature dropping and the moisture moving in, they may be covered again soon... with the white stuff.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Westbound Freight

This Union Pacific freight train was headed west on the south side, just east 0f 20th Street, south of Cleveland Avenue. I caught a glimpse of the train as I was driving over the bridge, and realized that I could get a shot if I pulled over and ran to the center of the bridge. After getting a couple pictures, and admiring my luck, I learned a valuable lesson: slow-moving trains with large diesel engines put out a LOT of exhaust.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Civic Duty

We were up early and at the polls just after 7am today, and the line was already out the building and to the sidewalk. Things moved fairly quick, and we were out in about a half-hour. It will be interesting to see how long the lines are tonight, and how long it takes to complete the vote.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fall, Interrupted (for now)

While Fall is probably my favorite time of year, it can be a bit confusing at times. Saturday was spent preparing the yard for winter by raking the leaves for the first time, cutting back the perennials, digging out some unwanted vegetation, and so on. Saturday's cool weather was followed by a warm, sunny Sunday, and today was even nicer. The Daylight Savings Time change early Sunday made sunset come way too early last night. It's only going to get worse for another month and a half, then the days will start to get longer.

These plants (thistles, perhaps?) may be dead, but they remain standing, defying mother nature.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jackson Park Pond

On a sunny Sunday, I found these ducks at the Jackson Park pond, sunning themselves and being generally lazy. They didn't seem to be very concerned about being approached. I assume this probably has something to do with the amount of "people time" they get all summer long.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

November Theme Day - Books

The November 2008 Theme Day is Books.

I was a little late getting started on this one, and was looking at my personal library when the idea struck - I needed a book that had Milwaukee in it.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks is one of my favorite books. Wright was from Wisconsin and designed homes and buildings in the area. I went through my copy, and selected this home: the F.C. Bogk House, located at 2420 N. Terrace Avenue.

I highly recommend the book if you're interested in FLW. Have a great November!

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Here are links to all of this month's Theme Day participants:

American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by freefalling, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Aurora, South Africa by shelagh, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Bali, Indonesia by Anak Dokan, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Bangkok, Thailand by UberSand, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Birmingham (AL), USA by VJ, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Ilse, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boulder (CO), USA by A Sterling World, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Chandler (AZ), USA by PattheAZRealtor, Chapel Hill (NC), USA by missleah, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by trieulet, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Ram N, City of the Blue Mountains, Australia by Richard, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Evry, France by Olivier, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Gliwice, Poland by prado&fio, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by PPusa, Herne Bay, Great Britain by Han, Lil n Caz, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Honningsvag, Norway by J., Islip (NY), USA by Bettye, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jakarta, Indonesia by Santy, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Susie of Arabia, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Karwar, India by Yogesh, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Knoxville (TN), USA by hope, Lakewood (OH), USA by mouse, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lodz, Poland by wikiyu, London, UK by Ham, Madrid, Spain by Tr3nta, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Hilda, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Melbourne, Australia by John, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Middletown (MD), USA by Bernie, Milton, New Zealand by Milton Daily Photo, Milwaukee (WI), USA by karl, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by snapshutter, Molfetta, Italy by saretta, Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Montréal, Canada by My Life in Montreal, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Moscow (ID), USA by Sherry, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Murcia, Spain by usuahia, Napa (CA), USA by katester, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by Kitty, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Oklahoma City (OK), USA by ananda.tashie, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Palos Verdes (CA), USA by tash, Paris, France by Eric, Paris, France by Elsa, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pensacola (FL), USA by P J, Philadelphia (PA), USA by Stiffa, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Sharon, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Prague, Czech Republic by kakna, Quincy (MA), USA by slim, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Riga Photos, Roanoke (VA), USA by Tanya, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by pearls, Salem (OR), USA by jill, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, San Francisco (CA), USA by Burd Zel Krai, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, Korea South by SeoulSnapper, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Singapore, Singapore by Zannnie, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tamarindo, Costa Rica by David, Tauranga, New Zealand by Lisa Sarsfield, Telluride (CO), USA by mtsrool, Tempe (AZ), USA by angie, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Toulouse, France by Julia, Trieste, Italy by Rob&Piero, Turin, Italy by Livio, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Verona, Italy by Valeria in Verona, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by D.C. Confidential, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Woerden, Netherlands by Marcel, Yakima (WA), USA by katney, Yellowknife, Canada by Arctic Dreamer, York, UK by Ruby in York,