“Beatles in My Garden” flower show

The Four Seasons Garden Club of Kenosha held their Standard Flower Show at the Kenosha Public Museum this afternoon.  The show was judged this morning, and then open to the public from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The show was themed “Beatles in My Garden,” and the categories were named after Beatles songs.  The Design Division, for example, held classifications such as:  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Reflective Design,” “Twist and Shout, A Creative Line Design,” “Magical Mystery Tour, Op Art Design,” among others.

Here are some pictures from the show:

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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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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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New art exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum has a new exhibit, Biodiversity in the Art of Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen on display in the West Gallery through September 16.  These realistic paintings of mysterious and exotic reptiles, amphibians, and other creatures explore the rich variety of nature.  The paintings are exhibited with animals from the museum’s collection.

Here are a few samples of van Kempen’s artwork:

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Dinosaur Discovery Museum’s 6th birthday party tomorrow

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum (DDM) is celebrating its sixth birthday with a party from 1 to 4 pm tomorrow afternoon.  The museum is located at 5608 Tenth Avenue, in Kenosha.

Party guests will play Mesozoic party games, like Pin the Tail on the Anklosaurus, Triceratops Ring-Toss, and Tyrannosaurus Tag.  They will also be able to create dinosaur birthday crafts.

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Kenosha Comets got cooked 23-3

The Kenosha Comets

Earlier this afternoon, the girls’ baseball weekend continued with a re-creation of an All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) game as the Kenosha Comets took on the Rockford Peaches in the field just east of the Kenosha Public Museum.  The girls played for two hours.

The Rockford Peaches

Eighty-six year old Kenosha native Joyce Westerman threw out the first pitch.

Popcorn and beverages were available for purchase.

The women of the WWII Girls Baseball Living History League honor the women of the AAGPBL by playing recreational competitive softball games throughout the Midwest.  The teams played the game as it was played by the AAGPBL during their first season in 1943, with underhand windmill pitching and a 12″ softball.

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Kenosha Public Museums are “Travel Green Wisconsin Destinations”

A couple of months ago, the Kenosha Public Museums audited their operations in terms of sustainability and filled out an application to be certified by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism as a Travel Green Wisconsin Destination.

Good news!  They had enough ecological practices, and they were notified that their application was a success.

They are now a part of the sustainable travel movement, which is becoming more the norm than the exception. Having Travel Green certification will bring more people to their doors, and they will be advertised as such on their web site.

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Upcoming baseball events

The Kenosha Public Museum is celebrating America’s favorite past time — baseball — with three free events from Friday, August 10th, through Sunday, August 12th.

Meet Joyce Westerman, Kenosha baseball hero from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 10th.  Eighty-six year old Kenosha native, Joyce Westerman played for eight years in the AAGPBL.  Her biography, “Joyce Westerman:  Baseball Hero,” was recently published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.  Join Joyce and her biographer, Bob Kann, as they share Joyce’s story about a Wisconsin farm girl who became a pioneer in women’s sports.  Learn about Joyce’s life growing up during the Depression, working at Nash Motors, playing professional baseball, and more.  Joyce’s can-do attitude in sports and life are guaranteed to inspire.  Westerman’s book is available for purchase at both the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum gift shops.

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Pike River Rendezvous this weekend

The Kenosha Public Museums presents the annual Pike River Rendezvous this weekend, Friday, August 3rd, through Sunday, August 5th.

More than 300 re-enactors will be encamped on Simmons Island Park (5001 – 4th Avenue, in Kenosha) for a historic recreation of the time when Native Americans and fur traders gathered to exchange goods and services. Talk with costumed re-enactors about life at a rendezvous, learn through craft and trades demonstrations, and watch juggling, musical acts, and pirate battles on the beach. Plus the family activities area will be open Saturday and Sunday. Children of all ages can play period games and make arrowhead or bear claw necklaces and corn husk dolls. Period foods and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Rendezvous hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.

A circus day in Baraboo

Join the Kenosha Public Museum for a bus trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, August 8th.  Begin with a tour of the Al. Ringling Theatre on the Square.  Built by Ringling as a contribution to the community, the theater is a masterpiece of European architecture, and has been in continuous operation since 1915.

The tour includes the history of the theater and an organ demonstration.  Next stop is Baraboo’s famous Circus World Museum.  Take in three different shows, see the collection of circus wagons, and visit the museum.  Lunch is on your own.  The bus departs the Kenosha Public Museum at 7:30 a.m., and returns at 7 p.m.

Cost is $64, or $54 for Friends of the Museums.  Call now to register:  (262) 653-4140.

UPDATE:  7/28/12 – Trip has been cancelled.  Sorry.


Transit Commission reviews downtown sign program

At yesterday afternoon’s Kenosha Transit Commission meeting, one of the agenda items was to discuss the downtown signage program.  A mock-up of a sign was presented which showed the proper font size for the speed limits near I-94.  As the speed limits decrease as drivers near the downtown area, the font sizes will also decrease.

Pictured above is the mock-up that was presented at the meeting.

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Art fair in Library Park

This afternoon, the Friends of the Museums hosted the 48th annual Art Fair in Simmons Library Park.  There were over 150 exhibitors selling fine art items.

InkaPirka, an Andean folk group, performed on the steps of Simmons Library.  There were also food tents, a kids’ art tent, and a raffle.

The park is located in downtown Kenosha, at Eighth Avenue and 60th Street.

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Museums and libraries are cooling centers, too

Because of the work of Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia, who works at St. Catherine’s Hospital, affiliated with the United Hospital System, local museums and libraries have also been designated as cooling centers, in addition to area hospitals.  According to LaMacchia, there was a patient who was very close to dying because they couldn’t get her to a cooling center near enough to her home.  (She lived very close to the museum.)  His work with the Wisconsin Health Department designated these public facilities as cooling centers, also.  The museums and libraries had already been designated as cooling centers in other states, but not in Wisconsin.

Units responding to alarm at museum

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At about 1:15 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of an activated alarm at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, in downtown Kenosha.

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Museum crawl to be held on July 13

Kenosha Public Museum

Museum Crawl is a progressive party at the three Kenosha Public Museums:  the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Avenue), the Civil War Museum (5400 First Avenue), and the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Avenue).  Tickets are $30 for the general public ($25 for Friends of the Museum members).  Tickets include food, beer, streetcar fare, a goodie bag, and a chance to win great door prizes  Tickets are now available at all three museums.

The event runs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm and is being held on Friday, July 13.  The first stop is at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum with food by Frank’s Diner, music by Roxie Beane, and a variety of beers to sample.  Take a flashlight tour of the dinosaur gallery — and enjoy all this museum has to offer!

Then, hop aboard the streetcar for a leisurely ride to the Civil War Museum where more beer samples, food by Sazzy B, and music by Acoustic Soul await!  Explore the Veterans’ Memorial Gallery and the Fiery Trial while enjoying a night of fun at this state-of-the-art museum!

Then last, but not least, take a short walk next door to the Kenosha Public Museum where food by Captain Mike’s and music by Matt Meyer await!  More beer, plus exhibits on Reggie Jackson, Pickard China Company, and more will round out  your right of crawling!

All three museums’ gift shops will be open.  Participants must be age 21 or over.

“A Salute to Freedom”

For the past two days, there have been Civil War re-enactors out in front of Kenosha’s Civil War Museum.  Free family activities, performances, and programs included:

  • Re-enactors demonstrating Civil War infantry, canon artillery, engineering, medicine, aspects of military encampment, and civilian life;
  • Real-life portrayals of Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Union General George H. Thomas, Frederick Douglass;
  • Ainsley Wonderling’s special display of 19th century women’s dresses, bodices, bonnets, shoes, and accessories;
  • Guided tours of The Fiery Trial;
  • Kids’ crafts, activities, and games;
  • Canon shootings;
  • Performances by the Kenosha Pops Concert; and
  • Bluegrass music performed by the Lawrence Family Band.

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KUSD hands out awards

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) School Board held a special meeting earlier tonight to make presentations of the 2012 Special Fine Arts Awards and PTA Reflections Awards.  Mary Snyder, school board president, commented that this is one of her favorite nights.  “We love to honor our students and staff who have been so successful in the various programs.”

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Reggie Jackson exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum

If you like baseball, you’ll probably love this exhibit!  Come and see the Reggie Jackson and the Original 500 Club Exhibit at the Touhey Gallery in the Kenosha Public Museum, now through October 21, 2012.

This is a premiere exhibition of game-used memorabilia from the golden years of professional baseball including heavy-hitting Hall-of-Famers Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, and more!

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Mayoral appointments

The following mayoral appointments/reappointments were approved unanimously at the city’s Common Council meeting on Monday night:

  • James D. Hawkins and Lena Cooksey reappointed to the Museum Board for terms to expire on May 1, 2015;
  • Alderpersons Chris Schwartz and Jan Michalski appointed to the Museum Board for terms to expire on May 1, 2014;
  • Robert Griffith appointed to the Mayor’s Youth Commission for a term to expire on November 1, 2012;

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What’s it like to be a LEGO artist?

There is currently a LEGO display at the Kenosha Public Museum.  For those of you who don’t know, this is a very specialized art form.  Here are some pictures of the display:

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Kenosha’s Christmas tree lighting coverage

/Photo by Margie Gentner

Saturday evening, Mayor Keith Bosman and two lucky children, Jennifer Davis and Noah Loepp, lit Kenosha’s Christmas tree in front of the Kenosha Public Museum.  Santa and Miss Kenosha were on hand to assist in the festivities.

Candy Eisenhauer was the hostess, and she introduced Pastor Linda Hanus, pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, who gave a few introductory comments.  Eisenhauer sang a solo, and the musical group, Jazz Spectrum, sang Christmas songs to lend some Christmas cheer.

Santa read his story, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  You can see some more pictures from the evening below:
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Student art exhibit opens April 1 at Kenosha Public Museum

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Approximately 1,000 pieces of art work created by local students will go on display Friday, April 1 in the Kenosha Public Museum’s second floor galleries.

Ceramics, sculptures, acrylics, photography and many other forms of art are represented in the student art exhibit, presented by the Kenosha Unified School District Department of Fine Arts. The exhibit includes works from all of the schools in the Kenosha Unified School District.

The young artists range in age from kindergarteners to high school seniors. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, featuring musical performances by students from district schools.

The exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, April 23.