Last outdoor Harbor Market day was today

Today was the last day that the Harbor Market will hold its regular Saturday morning outdoor market until the spring.  It was a cool, damp, rainy day!  After today, the market will be held in the lobby of the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 – 56th Street, in Kenosha.

Also, today, an autumn harvest food drive was held at the market.  Food and monetary donations were collected to benefit the Salvation Army and the Shalom Center.

Pictured are some of the aldermen who helped organize the food drive:

Pictured are Scott Gordon, alderperson for the 11th district, and Curt Wilson, alderperson for the 13th district.

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Kenosha Fall Festival postponed due to expected bad weather; will be Oct. 20

The Kenosha city government’s Fall Festival planned for October 13th will be postponed until October 20th, due to predicted bad weather, Kris Kochman, Community Relations Liaison, has announced.

From the press release:

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First travelogue tonight

The Kenosha Public Museum is presenting the 76th annual travelogue season starting tonight with the presentation of “Lure of Alaska” by Dale Johnson at the Reuther Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm.  Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.

Participants can also become a travelogue patron and receive their own “passport” at the first travelogue tonight.  Patrons and youth travelers can collect souvenir stickers at each program.

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KUSD to host Preparing Your Child for Education and Careers workshop

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) has released the following statement regarding an upcoming workshop:

The KUSD will be hosting a free workshop, “Preparing Your Child for Education and Careers,” on Saturday, October 20th, for KUSD families. Topics to be covered include how to plan for careers, Advance Placement and Youth Options, and how to apply for financial aid.

WHO:  KUSD families

WHAT:  Free workshop, “Preparing Your Child for Education and Careers”

WHERE:  Bradford High School Library (3700 Washington Road, Kenosha, WI 53144)

WHEN:  Saturday, October 20th, from 8 am to 12 noon

HOW:  Register by calling (262) 359-2256.  Be prepared to leave your name, phone number, and the two sessions you wish to attend. Walk-in’s accepted, however, sessions are not guaranteed. This event is sponsored by the Kenosha Unified PTA Council, Indian Trail High School and Academy PTSO, and the Kenosha Unified School District’s Family Education Program.

Additional information is available here.

History walk at Green Ridge Cemetery

Green Ridge Cemetery. The cemetery is surrounded by a beautiful stone and wrought iron fence.

If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow, Saturday, October 6th, on a beautiful (albeit perhaps chilly) autumn day, please come out to the History Walk sponsored by the Kenosha History Center at Green Ridge Cemetery between 1 pm and 4 pm.

Tours depart every 15 minutes from the Seventh Avenue gate, each tour taking 45 to 60 minutes.  This year’s theme is “Great Women of Kenosha,” and they will be re-enacting five women buried at Green Ridge:  a doctor, a missionary, a philanthropist, an eccentric, and a broken-hearted teenager.  Come meet some of the interesting women of Kenosha!

A suggested donation of $2 per person will go toward much needed repairs to the stone and wrought iron fence.  Please dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No rain date has been scheduled.

Autumn harvest food drive

An autumn harvest food drive will take place on Saturday, October 13th.  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Harbor Market on that day from 9 am to 2 pm.

Donations benefit the Shalom Center and The Salvation Army.  Members of the city of Kenosha Common Council and their families will be on hand to accept your donations.  Scott Gordon, alderperson of the 11th district, has been the leader in organizing this food drive.


Bradford and Tremper homecomings this weekend

Bradford High School and Tremper High School will have their homecomings this weekend.

  • Bradford’s Homecoming parade will be on Friday, Oct. 5th, at 4:30 p.m. The parade will start at Fireside Restaurant and runs south on 30th Avenue  to Washington Road to Bradford High school. The football game, Bradford vs. Indian Trail High School and Academy, will be played at Jaskwhich Stadium  at Indian Trail High School High School and Academy. Ticket sales are only in advance. You can read the details here. 
  • Tremper’s Homecoming parade will also be on Friday, Oct. 5th, at 5 p.m. The parade starts at Lincoln Park and runs south on 22nd Avenue, to west on 79th Street to south on 25th Street to west on 81st Street to south on 26th to Ameche Field. The football game,  Tremper vs. Franklin, will start at Ameche Field at 7 p.m.

DeMolay Welcome Night Event is tonight

Prospective members are invited to attend a DeMolay Welcome Night Event in Kenosha today, October 2nd.

DeMolay is a youth leadership organization for teen guys, offering leadership opportunities, public speaking, scholarship, and travel. Typical activities for the organization include paintball, raising funds for charity, lazer tag, sports, dances, and other fun events.

Famous alumni of DeMolay include:  John Wayne, Bill Clinton, Dan Rather, John Steinbeck, and dozens of other business and community leaders.

The Kenosha DeMolay Welcome Night will be held at 4320 Washington Road, Unity Masonic Lodge, starting at  7 p.m.

“Shelter Them From The Storm”

Women and Children’s Horizons is hosting a fundraising walk on Saturday, October 6th.  Please consider joining them for their “Shelter Them From The Storm” Awareness Walk and Vendor Fair at the Women’s Club in Kenosha, 6028 Eighth Avenue.

Free bagels and coffee from Exceptional Events will be served during the walk registration from 9 am to 10 am.  Then, walk a route in downtown Kenosha with your umbrella open to show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from 10 am to 11 am.  Then, shop at their Vendor Fair from 9 am to 3 pm.  Also, the Nifty Thrifty Fashion Show will take place at 1 pm.  Classic cars from the Kenosha Car Club will be on display in the west parking lot.  Optional pledge envelopes will be available.

If you have any questions, visit their website at, or contact Lori Bastian at (262) 656-3500.  Her e-mail address is

Lincoln Middle School Jazz Ensemble to perform in Madison Oct. 2

The Kenosha Unified School District has made the following announcement:

The Lincoln Middle School Jazz Ensemble will perform at the 2012-13 Wisconsin Schools of Recognition Ceremony in Madison on October 2nd.

The invitation to perform at this event is a great honor extended to groups that demonstrate exceptional student performance in the area of music. The ensemble is comprised of a dedicated group of student musicians in grades 6-8, and led by Lincoln Middle School Band Director Jeremy Kriedeman.

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Charity clothing exchange

Here is your opportunity to clean out your closets and basements while helping yourself and others throughout our community. You are invited to bring all clothing or accessories you have outgrown or are ready to get rid of.  The sizes include infant through adult.

The event will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012, at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 – 75th Street, in Bristol.  You may bring clothing starting at 5:30 pm.  Shopping begins at 7 pm.

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Kids can ‘Cartoon with the Cartoonists’

“Pears Before Swine,” by Stephan Pastis

Children are invited to “Cartoon with the Cartoonists” from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday, September 29th, at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue. During these workshops, artists who draw newspaper comic strips will work with students on their drawings.  Artists who will be on hand include John Hambrock, Greg Cravens, Hilary Price, and Dave Coverly.  There are separate workshops for ages 9 through 12 and 13 through 18.

Each participant receives a sketchpad and pen.  Cost is $20.  Advance registration is required.  Interested parties can call the museum at (262) 653-4140.

The workshops are being held in conjunction with the annual Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

Life Chain to be held Oct. 7

Wisconsin Right to Life’s annual Life Chain will be held Oct. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. in two Kenosha County locations.

  • 52nd Street at about 32nd Avenue in Kenosha.
  • Highway 50 (75th Street) at about 246th Avenue in Paddock Lake.

Signs will be provided for those wishing to participate.

Contact Marcia Fitzgibbon at 261-960-1642 for more information.

Fall wheel ride

Kenosha County is hosting a “Fall Wheel Ride” on Saturday, September 29th, from 10 am to 2 pm.  There is a self-start at Simmons Island Park (5.8) miles, or at Bose Elementary School (2.3) miles, or family fun ride in Petrifying Springs (1.1 mile).  The ending point is at Petrifying Springs Park, Pavilion 1.  There will be concessions and bike-related activities at the park

For more information, call Kenosha County Parks at (262) 857-1869, or visit their website at:


Fall festival

A Fall Festival sponsored by the city of Kenosha will take place from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, October 13th, at Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Free small pumpkins, provided by Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm, will be distributed to the first 100 children in attendance.  Craft supplies for decorating pumpkins will also be provided.  Members of the Kenosha Art Association (KAA) will offer face painting for children at no charge.  KAA members also will demonstrate pumpkin carving techniques.  Musical entertainment will be presented throughout the afternoon.

This is the first year for the city-sponsored Fall Festival, which ties in with Second Saturday events in downtown Kenosha.



Playdate in Port Washington

Here is a picture from the Kenosha Dream Playground Project play date, which took place in Port Washington yesterday.  Alderperson Scott Gordon (11th district) said, “Today I visited Possibility Playground in Port Washington.  I would like to thank Tammy Conforti for giving my family and I a very insightful detailed tour of the park.  I am now even more committed to see a playground like this here in Kenosha.”

Conforti is the spearhead behind the project for Kenosha.  She is pictured at the far right of the photo above.  Her comments were:  “We had a great day! The weather was warm, but not too bad. A special thank you goes out to everyone who took time out of their busy lives and spent the day with us. The kids all had a blast. Not very many people came, which is sad. I guess setting up the DVR didn’t sound like a good idea. Oh well, the playground is not going anywhere, so if you feel like taking an hour and 20 minute ride, you can go see it. Well worth it.  Port Washington is so beautiful. The playground is very near the lake. Those of you that were there now have the same dream as me stuck in their heads.”

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Kenosha, meet Christopher LeMark!

Christopher LeMark

You will not very often meet a young man who has been through some rough patches in his early life who now has his head on straight and focused.  Well, here is such a man.  Kenosha, meet Christopher LeMark.

Christopher was born on January 29, 1979, and was abandoned by his mom with his four sisters in 1982.  He then lived with his aunt and her family for twelve years, and was mentally and physically abused during that time.  What kept him going during that time were his heroes, Michael Jackson, Superman, the Chicago Bears, and his imagination.  “But, now I’m light years from all that,” he said.  “You never know what real love is unless you experience real hate.”

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John Hambrock at the Kenosha Public Museum

John Hambrock

John  Hambrock is the creator of the comic strip The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.  It first appeared in newspapers on November 12, 2006, and is syndicated worldwide by King Features Syndicate.  He was at the Kenosha Public Museum this afternoon in the Artist’s Studio talking about and displaying his work.

His cartoon works and the works of other cartoonists are on display at the museum through September 29th.  The name of the exhibit is, “More Than Funny:  Cartoons and Comics From the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.”  Cartoons and comics displayed are from such artists as Hambrock, Dave Coverly, Greg Cravens, Norm Feuti, Stephan Pastis, Hilary Price, and Michael Jantze.  Some of the cartoons even explain to the reader the exact steps the artist takes in developing his/her work.  On the 29th, a  fundraiser auction will be held at the Rhode Theatre, in conjuction with the Festival of Cartooning, auctioning off some of the artwork currently on display.

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Update on dream playground

At last night’s Common Council meeting, Tammy Conforti gave an update on the Kenosha Dream Playground Project.  During the Citizens’ Comments portion of the meeting, Conforti said that she met with the mayor last week, and he fully endorsed the project.  She said that his words were, “This is no problem.  We can get this done.  Meet with Mr. Jeff Warnock (parks superintendent) to get the details.”

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A word from our sponsors: Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall sponsoring flea market today

Note: Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall is a sponsor. — DH

It’s outdoor flea market season again at Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall.

The next flea market will be Sunday, Sept. 2. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall is located at 12009 53rd Place (Interstate 94 and Highway 158), Paris.

Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall also is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring antiques, collectibles and gifts. Stop by!

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Cartooning at the Kenosha Public Museum

“Pearls Before Swine,” by Stephan Pastis

There is a new exhibit preparing for viewing by the name of “More Than Funny:  Cartoons and Comics from the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.”  This will be on display in the South Gallery from September 8th through September 28th, 2012.

Cartoons and comics from the following artists are included:  Dave Coverly, Greg Cravens, Norm Feuti, Stephan Pastis, Hilary Price, and Michael Jantze.

Also, on Wednesday, September 26th, a class will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Kids in first through fifth grade will learn to draw and create their own cartoon characters using basic shapes.  Cost of the two-week class is $20 (or $15 for Friends of the Museums).  Advance registration is required.

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United Way of Kenosha County kick-off is Sept. 5

United Way of Kenosha County, an organization that mobilizes the caring power of Kenosha County to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout our communities, invites the public to join in the celebration of the 2012 Campaign Kickoff. The breakfast event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Gateway Technical College Conference Center, Madrigrano Auditorium.

Registration will take place from 7 to 7:30 am, with breakfast from 7:30 to 8 am. A brief program will follow, including the announcement of this year’s volunteer campaign leadership, and comments from United Way Board President Bryan Albrecht, United Way’s new CEO, Tracy Nielsen, and Honorary Campaign Chair Dr. Gregory Woodward, President of Carthage College.

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Last Peanut Butter & Jam concert held tonight

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials drummer, Kelly Littleton.

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, who are celebrating the release of their new CD, “Jump Start,” gave two free performances as part of the Peanut Butter & Jam concert series at Veteran’s Memorial Park (54th Street and Sixth Avenue).  The two concerts were at 11:30 a.m., and 6:00 pm today.

Mixing slide guitar boogies and Chicago shuffles with the deep slow-burns, Lil’ Ed Williams and the Blues Imperials deliver riotous, rollicking, and intensely emotional blues.  The members of the band are Lil’ Ed Williams, bassist James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett, and drummer Kelly Littleton.

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Play date invite

The Kenosha Dream Playground Project invites you to a “play date” on Sunday, September 9th, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Upper Lake Park, 498 N. Lake Street, in Port Washington.  This is what the Kenosha team envisions for Kenosha, possibly at Southport Park.

Possibility Playground is a new kind of playground; one where children of all abilities are able to play together. It was built with children of all types of physical abilities in mind, and has been used by thousands of children and parents to blend the line between learning, therapy, and playtime.

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Pleasant Prairie teaching gardens hosts harvest fest

A harvest fest made up entirely of produce from the RecPlex community learning garden was held last night at the RecPlex Beach Pavilion, across Lake Andrea from the RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace, in Pleasant Prairie.  This was the Walk, Grow & Sow Community Learning Garden’s celebration of their spring and summer efforts.

Jenell Pluskota, wellness coordinator at the RecPlex, and Kate Field, Gateway’s horticulture instructor, served as hostesses for last night’s event.  Here is what the menu consisted of:  Italian marinated baked chicken, tomato and cucumber salad, opal basil-infused garden medley salad, spicy chickpea and sweet potato stew, veggie pizza, zucchini, tomato and rice casserole, bean salad, coleslaw salad, chocolate mint cantalope, brownies, herbal tea, and pomegranate cherry drink.  There were about thirty people in attendance.

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Pierhead Lighthouse open to the public

As part of the Grill Games, a free admission festival, the Pierhead Lighthouse will be open to the public on Saturday, August 25th. The hours are from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. The lighthouse is located across the harbor from the festival grounds, 5001 Fourth Avenue.  The lighthouse’s private owner, John Burhani, will host an open house. The public can tour the historical 1906 lighthouse, which has not been open to the public for more than 50 years. You do not need to attend Grill Games to attend this open house.

This Kenosha Harbor landmark can be recognized from a distance by the powerful shade of red displayed on the lighthouse and it remains a functioning lighthouse to this day.

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Grill Games on Friday and Saturday in Kenosha

The annual Grill Games BBQ Competition & Lakefront Festival is the ultimate destination for all ages.  This year,  the games will be extended to two fun-filled days with free admission!  Sponsored by the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, this two-day event includes a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)-sanctioned competition, music festival, carnival, and craft fair, as well as historic streetcar rides to and from the event grounds.

Hours are:  Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Another great group at Peanut Butter & Jam

The band that performed at tonight’s Peanut Butter & Jam concert was the New Orleans-based Honey Island Swamp Band.  Vintage country meets boogie-woogie blues!

“The Honey Island Swamp is a real place. It resides near the border of Louisiana and Mississippi. It’s, therefore, a fitting name for this band that draws inspiration from the music of those two states.  With the Honey Island Swamp Band, soul, country, R&B and blues are all on equal footing. The two- man songwriting/guitarist team of Chris Mulé and Aaron Wilkinson produce expressive, hook-laden tunes that honor songcraft while respecting the groove.” –

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Patriots Hockey Association to host golf outing

The Patriots Hockey Association will be holding its Inaugural Golf Outing and Silent Auction event on Sept. 17 at the Kenosha Country Club, in Kenosha.

Young people from throughout Kenosha County participate in  Patriots Hockey.

This will be the group’s primary fundraising event of the year with a goal to raise money to provide scholarships for boys and girls who otherwise could not afford to play hockey. The mission of the Patriots Hockey Association is to provide a fun and affordable hockey experience for players of all ages and abilities through structured practice and suitable competition. The group seeks to promote physical fitness, create rewarding experiences, and build lasting relationships both on and off the ice.

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KAA event at the Southport Beach House

The Jill Plaisted Band

The Kenosha Arts Association (KAA) presented the BeExposed! to the Arts at the Southport Beach House earlier this evening.  BeExposed! was supporting the Southport Beach House awareness effort, and hosting their August Third Friday’s event at the Kenosha landmark.

Trayvon Winters greeted guests at the door with his guitar and a spiritual poem put to music.

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