Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tower of Bell

The top of the AT&T building at 722 N Broadway resembles a castle tower, with its lookouts and decorative peaks. I admit I was a little surprised when I found out what the building was - the front has an old "Bell System" logo engraved in the stone facade, so Ma Bell has been a tenant for quite some time.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cooler Near The Lake

It's been a pretty good run for Summerfest, weather-wise. From the top of the Marcus Amphitheater, the grounds stretch out along the lagoon with the city skyline in the background.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Old Settlers Club

Down at Cathedral Square, there's a plaque showing various buildings that previously stood on the site. Beneath the image, the engraving says:

On This Site
Stood The
First Court House 1836-1870
First Jail 1836-1847
First County Offices 1844-1870
This Tablet Erected By
Milwaukee County
Under Direction Of The
Old Settlers Club of Milwaukee County

A little searching turned up the Papers of the Old Settlers Club, published in 1916. I'll have to keep this bookmarked for future reading.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


It's rained quite a bit over the last week, and my schedule hasn't meshed with my need to mow the lawn. The neighborhood rabbits have consequently decided that the grass is high enough that it's safe for them to wander out into the middle of the yard and take their meals lying down. Hopefully the hay will be dry enough to harvest tomorrow.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


The freighter Isolda, owned by Polish shipping company Polsteam, enters the harbor in the afternoon sun. Lakefront State Park is the strip of land in the foreground.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Old Men of Rock

ZZ Top was the opening act at the Marcus Amphitheater this evening, warming up the crowd for Tom Petty and his band. The bearded duo and their drummer brought the crowd to their feet, playing their standards from the 80's and beyond. They pulled out the fuzzy guitars in today's photo for a reprisal of their hit song "Legs".

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day One

"The World's Largest Music Festival" kicked off this year's edition, as Summerfest got underway at the lakefront. Over 800 bands will be performing music of all kinds on 11 different stages during the 11 days of the festival. Today's photo is of Nick Howard and his band - they will be playing on July 3rd.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Divers Down

These ducks are feeding in a lagoon along the lakefront. It was funny to watch them, as they almost seemed to work as a team, diving and returning to the surface at the same time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bird on a Wire

Growing up in a more rural area, I saw lots of wildlife in the forests and open fields around the house. Coming to the city, I didn't expect the diversity and quantity of birds and animals that adapt and live here. This goldfinch lives in our neighborhood, and visits quite often. He was kind enough to wait for me to go into the house and get my camera to take a few photos.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two Wheelin'

The folks at Discovery World have taken over the local Segway tours, and I saw this group out on a ride. They do look fun, and I need to get down there and go for a cruise myself.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sweet Treats

The familiar sound of "Turkey in the Straw" played over a bullhorn marked the start of another summer tradition on our street this afternoon. The Ice Cream truck is back! Of course, the styles have kept up with the times - this year's marquee item seems to be Iron Man, along with Dora the Explorer and a cast of cartoon characters. Some of the old standards are still there, but the number of choices seems to be overtaking the amount of space left on the side of the truck.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dark Angels

This past Sunday, the Air and Water Show at the lakefront was hurrying to get done before a rather large storm passed through. The Navy's Blue Angels were the final act, and I was able to get this shot of them passing by with the skies darkening and their smoke trails on. The silhouette was not what I expected, but an interesting surprise.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Milwaukee's Finest patrol the streets and the waterways in town, keeping things safe for all. Today's photo features an officer "making contact" with a small speedboat, which was having a little too much fun zipping back and forth across water inside the breakwater.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


"Featuring Comfort Food with a twist" is the in the mission statement of Mikey's Restaurant downtown. The luxurious environment makes for a relaxing casual dining experience, or just a great place to hang out and have a drink with friends.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Soda Dogs

The folks at Three Dachshunds Beer Company make some good stuff, and it's not all beer. In addition to their ales and stouts, they also make some really tasty soda and cider. They were serving these two sodas at the Firkin Fest this past weekend.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


When there's a group of people in need of food, the folks at Streetza Pizza can be found serving up slices of their hand-made gourmet pies. They've been lauded by the locals, and noticed on the 'net. If you want to know where they are, check out Facebook or Twitter, and look them up!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day

About 30 miles north of Milwaukee is the town of Waubeka, Wisconsin. In 1885, a schoolteacher placed a small flag on his desk and asked his students to write about what the flag meant to them. Flag Day was born, and every June 14th, we celebrate.

Today's photo was taken at the 2008 Harley parade. I saw this collection of flags and knew it would come in handy for a day like today!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Denis Sullivan

The S/V Denis Sullivan returns to Discovery World, coming back from an afternoon sail on Lake Michigan. Celebrating her 10th year, Wisconsin's flagship is used as an educational venue, and spends the summers here in Milwaukee and the winters in Florida.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Firkin Festival

Today was the first annual Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival at Cathedral Square. Over a dozen brewers brought in beers for tasting, and attendees voted on the best beer. It was quite a challenge to select a single favorite from all the choices available.

Friday, June 11, 2010

North Tower

The North Tower of City Hall. In the foreground is the flag next to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


These boats tied up next to Pere Marquette Park yesterday evening to be part of the fun at the opening night of the River Rhythms summer concert series. The weather was perfect, the water calm, and it looked like everyone was having a good time enjoying the music.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Maiden For Rent

The Milwaukee Maiden II is one of the boats owned by the folks at Riverwalk Boat Tours and Rentals. In addition to private rentals, they do theme nights and specialty weekend tours on the river and out to Lake Michigan. The weather downtown was perfect this evening for a trip on the water... wish I could have done so!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sevens Soon

This year's Lakefront 7s rugby tournament will be held on Saturday, June 26th. Competition for both men and women is in eight different divisions, from High School up through the "Old Boys". Make plans now to stop by and check it out! Today's photo is from one of last year's High School Boys games.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Yesterday's Soup

The Brewers released pitcher Jeff Suppan today. Some fans are relieved, and say it's been a long time coming. Professional sports is a job where you're expected to be the best every day, and Soup had certainly struggled this season (and into last).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Downtown Dining Week

The fifth edition of Downtown Dining Week is in full swing, and runs through this Thursday, June 10th. Participating establishments have lunches for $10, and dinner specials for $20 or $30. In addition, two sets of gift certificates worth $950 each are being given away to those who fill out a survey with their meal.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Boatswain's Mate Michael McCormick served on the USS Signal for the Union during the Civil War, and his headstone is at Wood Memorial Cemetery, in a section near the area where Memorial Day services are held.

From his Medal of Honor Citation:

"Served as Boatswain's mate on board the USS Signal, Red River (LA), 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the USS Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning the fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Serving as gun captain and wounded early in the battle, McCormick bravely stood by his gun in the face of the enemy fire until ordered to withdraw."

Friday, June 4, 2010


As I was walking around Wood Memorial Cemetery on Monday, I came across this interesting headstone. One side has Dorothy, and the other side has James. Their ages in relation to the war (both were in their 20's) makes me wonder if they were married before, during or after the war, and under what circumstances they entered the Army.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Star of Gold

It's hard to believe that it's been two months since the first sprouts started to break through the ground, but the payoff has been wonderful. The flowers (including this Stella d'Oro) are large and brightly colored, making it fun to just sit in the yard and enjoy.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


A group of vintage warbirds was in flight over our neighborhood on Monday as part of the local Memorial Day ceremonies. It was a bit of a challenge getting a glimpse of them between the trees and houses, but I saw them long enough to get today's photo.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Theme Day - Funny Signs

The June Theme Day is Funny Signs

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This sign is just east of the Waukesha County line, and Poblocki Paving uses its billboard to send funny messages related to its business. I drive by it every day on the way to and from work. The messages can be real groaners sometimes, but they are often quite funny and witty.