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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012
HUMBOLDT PARK 102nd INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
I hope that everybody has a great day on the 4th of July, Independence Day. We honor our country with a celebration for the entire family tom enjoy. At Humboldt Park we will hold the 102nd Independence Day celebration ( since 1910 ) with a full day of activities for the entire family to enjoy. We will have a parade in the morning and other activities throughout the day. Come down and be a part of our celebration. We are the largest 4th of July celebration in the City of Milwaukee. Humboldt Park 4th of July Association has done a wonderful job for the last 102 years of providing a full day of activities for the entire family to enjoy followed by a great fireworks display. Happy Independence Day everyone.
COME TO BAY VIEW JULY 13,14, 15, 2012, FOR THE 63RD SOUTH SHORE FROLICS
Sponsored by the Bay View Lions Club.
After volunteering on July 4th, I for one am very tired. Here is hope that everyone had a wonderful day out there. We held a full day of activities at Humboldt Park with the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. It was hard work, but great volunteers helped us out. We had some good sponsors who came to our aid to help us keep this great traditiopn alive for another year. A special thank you goes out to Cliff Hale and his park staff for all of the help that they gave us. We could use some more volunteers and members to plan next year's celebration. Put your input into our planning meetings. We will meet the first Wednesday in March, April and May and every Wednesday in June.
I would like to personally thank everyone who came to help us at the park. I would like to thank our volunteers and sponsors for all that they have done to help us keep a great Independence Day celebration active for future generations of families to enjoy. Consider becoming a member or a volunteer and give your input into the planning of next year's celebration. Everyone is important and all input is considered at meetings.
July Community Gathering -- Please invite your friends and neighbors!!
Date: Thursday, July 12th
We are having a park watch meeting for Humboldt Park in the park pavilion at 7:00 pm on July 12th. We will discuss the date of the "Corn Roast" and its location in the park. All interested people are invited to attend this meeting.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, come to South Shore Park for the South Shore Frolics. There may not be a parade this year, but all of the other activities and fireworks are still in place. Come down and have a great time. There are things for the entire family to enjoy.
For the last several weeks, we have had very little rain outside. The grass is turning brown and can easily start on fire. It has been many years since we have gone this long without rain. Let's hope that our prayers will be answered and rain will come down soon. Please support the Bay View community.
On September 15th, we will hold the Bay View Bash on S. Kinnickinnic Ave. between E. Potter Ave. and S. Clement Ave. There will be several bands performing and a Children's Area will be located on Immaculate Conception Catholic Church parking lot. on S. KK ave. There will be many family type activities and a chance to visit with your local politicans. Go to www.bayviewbash.org to learn more about the Bay View Bash. Come and join us on this beautiful Saturday.
Every Saturday between now and October 20th, there will be the South Shore Farmers Market at 2900 S. Shore Dr. in Bay View, from 8 am to 12 noon. There are over 40 vendors to serve you. There are three bakeries, two coffee shops, crepes, kettle corm, homemade candy, fresh mushrooms, fresh preserves, meat on the grill,and many farmers to serve you. We have a wonderful atmosphere at the market. There is an educational program early and musical program afterwards. Admission is free. Y'all come and join us at the market.
When you take your summer vacation, be prepared for any emergency you may encounter. Bring along enough clothing in case the weather suddenly changes. Bring along insect repellent to reduce the chance of being bitten while outdoors. Take along a flashlight and a blanket plus a few bottles of water in case anything would happen to you. Make sure that your cell phone is well charged in case you need to use it in an emergency. Check your vehicle to make sure that it is safe to drive on a long trip. Have a wonderful and fun vacation this year with your family. Please support the Bay View community.
On Tuesday, August 7th, at the "Chill on the Hill" Family Night, the Humboldt Park Watch will have its annual corn roast fundraiser. We will be located close to the park pavilion. We will begin serving the corn betweem 6:00 and 6:30 pm. There will be many local groups represented at the park. This is the night that "Chill on the Hill" invites the local groups to participate in its musical program for the entire family. All interested people are welcome to attend this free event. We will be serving roasted corn on the cob as a fundraiser for our organization. Y'all come and join us there.
Years ago, before people had electricity, they would open their windows to get fresh air. They would have summer kitchens to cook their foods. This way the heat from the fire would not heat the house. Certain foods like potatoes, apples, kohl rabis, rutabegas, cabbages, brussel sprouts, would be stored either in the basement or inside of a cellar close to the house. Sometimes cheeses would also be kept there. Skinny dipping in the nearby creek was common to the area. The outhouse was a place to not want to be near. Flies, hornets, spiders all were present insied of the outhouse. Another bad job was that of emptying it. Much of your food was grown in your backyard. Chickens were there as an easy to obtain meat for supper. Each food crop had its own season for picking. Some people had geese and ducks on their land. If the land was large enough, you might have pigs or cows grazing there. Some families raised turkeys. If they had pigeons, this manure was excellent for the farm land. Horses were needed if they had no tractors to haul equipment on.
Living in those days required alot of physical labor to provide for your family. Many times the neighbors would barter with you for some needed supplies or needs. Money was mainly needed in the town store for supplies that you could not grow yourself. Sitting around a cracker barrel with a mug of beer was a common way to meet your neighbors. Another way to meet your neighbors was at the community church. Life then was very different from what it is today. You would be lost if you tried to copy their way of life. Eithe go to Old World Wisconsin at Eagle, Wisconsin or visit an Amish farm to see what it was like to farm back then.
On Saturday, July 28th, the South Shore Farmers Market at South Shore park, 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View, will have "Riviera Maya Cooking" Demonstaration. This will be followed by "Informal Blues Band", Still Jammin'. If the drought does not do too much damage to the food crops, there will be a lot of things at the market to choose from. With three bakeries and two coffe shops, you will have plenty to start your off. Crepes, homemade candy, kettle corn, fresh mushrooms, meat on the grill. fresh flowers and plants and plenty of farm goods are available to purchase at the market. Y'all come and join us and the over forty vendors on site to serve you. Everyone is welcome to come to this free event.
Frolics Community Meeting
We are scheduling a community meeting on ways to improve the South Shore Frolics for Wednesday, August 1st at 6:00 pm.
At 7 pm in the park pavilion, Humboldt Park Watch will hold a meeting. One subject being brought up is the Corn Roast Fundraiser on Tuesday, August 7th, during the same time period as the "Chill on the Hill" Family and neighbor night. Many local organizations will heve booths this night. Our corn roast will be located closer to the pavilion, away from the park chalet. Follow the smell of the sweet poasted corn to find us. This is the only fundraiser that the Humboldt Parfk Watch has each year. Please come over and support our cause. The corn-on-the-cob will be very tasty and fun to eat. Y'all come and join us here.