John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Wednesday, August 12, the Humboldt Park Watch will have its annual Corn Roast Fundraiser at the Chill on the Hill. We are hoping for good weather. Imagine, listening to good music, while you munch on a corn-on-the-cob, fresh from the grill. You will be able to find us by following your nose to the sweet odor of grilled corn-on-the-cob. When you go to the Chill on the Hill on August 12, please look us up and buy some corn. The money made from the corn roast will fund all of the Humboldt Park Watch activities for the year. We look forward to this day for good food and good music. Y'all come and join us. Everyone is welcome.
This is the coldest summer that I can ever recall. Who would think that it would be over 90 degrees outside and then 56 degrees that night? Close to Lake Michigan, the temperature stays at almost 70 degrees. When have you ever remembered a summer like this one? It almost seems like the air-conditioning is on outside. Major thunderstorms have not been seen lately. Some hailstones look like snow at times. It seems that as a rain front approaches Lake Michigan, that it seems to fall apart. Try to keep pictures of activities this summer. You will be able to tell your children and grandchildren that were able to live during a really cool summer.
You are all welcome to come to the South Shore Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon at South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View. It is one of the most beautiful sites in Milwaukee, down at South Shore Park. Lake Michigan is in the backround of the market. Many times there is a cool breeze coming off of the lake. With over 40 vendors on site to serve you in a Gemutlichkeit like manner. Everybody is like family at the market. Bring you dog along with you (as long as it is on a leash and you take care of its business). I have found roasted chickens, frozen chickens, eggs, organic beef sandwiches on the grill. egg rolls and bubble tea, fresh bakery, fresh coffee, mushrooms, flowers, plants, homemade candy, kettlecorn, preserves and jams, frozen soup, local farm goods and big farm goods, spices, crepes and many other things that you might like. I saw cauliflower, peas, beans, beets, onions, small tomatoes, small potatoes, cucumbers (small and large), purple carrots and regular carrots, spicey sandwiches and other delights.
After a long wait, the St. Francis Brewery has openned up its Beer Garden at Humboldt Park. Beer gardens are very popular in Europe. It is nice that we are going back to our roots and finally returning the beer garden concept to Milwaukee. We used to have a beer garden at Schildknecht's Woods, the present day site of Trowbridge Street School. There used to be a beer garden at the location where the Outpost store is now. These were two of the Bay View beer gardens.
Do you remember hanging out clothing that has just been washed on the clothes line with clothespins. The wet wash was difficult to hang because it was heavy. You had to prop up the clothesline to keep the wash from hitting the ground. If it was windy outside, the wash dried fast. One danger you had with the clothes on the line was bird poop. The children were told not to play near the clothes. Any dust from the wind could dirty your newly washed clothes. Hauling the newly washed clothing out of the basement was a chore. Cleaning up the laundry room was not easy. You learned respect for mothers doing the wash.