By Mary Boyle
The mention of a Spelling Bee may bring back middle school memories, but the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee's Spelling Bee on Saturday, September 9th, from 6-10 p.m. promises to be a grown-up evening of fun.
A fundraiser for ALC, the Bee is both a team competition between corporate and community teams and a spectator sport, with dinner catered by Out & Out of Cedarburg, dessert by Sugar Buns, a cash bar hosted by the Mequon Sunrise Rotary, and other activities in the mix. The last team standing wins.
Mitch Teich, Executive Producer and co-host of Milwaukee Public Radio's "Lake Effect" will serve as the master of ceremonies, as well as the Bee word pronouncer for the event, which takes place at the Reuter Pavilion in Mequon's Rotary Park, located at 4100 Highland Road.
Event organizers are still looking for teams of three, as well as two judges, and even has two pre-paid teams reserved for teachers, librarians, or area non-profits who are in need of support, thanks to a generous community member. Spectators are also needed and welcome. Early Bird registration has been extended to July 31st, and registration forms are available from the website: https://www.adultliteracyoz.org
The ALC Spelling Bee's Gold Presenting sponsor is the Nicholas Family Foundation; Bronze sponsors: Aurora Health Care, Inc; LaBudde Group; Coerper-Maurer Foundation; and Sommer's Automotive. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, and donations can be made at the ALC website. For more information, contact Celeste Giunta, Interim Executive Director, at 262.546.0020, or by email at email@example.com.
By Mary Boyle
Most of the area theatre companies take a break over the summer months, when everyone would rather be outdoors and soaking up the sun, but there are a few whose season only coincides with Wisconsin's warmest months, and they bring their performances outdoors, with an almost exclusive focus on the most famous of playwrights: William Shakespeare.
Now entering their third season, the Summit Players are a group of mainly Marquette Alumni who are determined to make Shakespeare accessible to families by performing for free at State Parks throughout Wisconsin. This year, the production is the hilarious Comedy of Errors, and if last season is any indication, they will have the audiences in stitches. Their plays use the original language, but they are edited for time, and to be as family-friendly as possible, while still retaining the brilliance that the Bard intended. They even offer a pre-show workshop that is perfect for school-aged kids. The Players will be just north of Oz at Kohler-Andrae State Park on Saturday, July 29th. The workshop is at 5:30 p.m., and the show is at 7; note that you will need a vehicle admission sticker to get into the park. To see the Summit Players full schedule and learn more, go to: www.summitplayerstheatre.com/
Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee has been doing Shakespeare in the Park in Milwaukee since 2010, and they return this season with Much Ado About Nothing. This year the production has been moved from its old home at Kadish Park to the Marcus Center's outdoor stage, the Peck Pavilion, as part of the Center's Live at the Peck Pavilion Series. With seating, a roof overhead, and the ability to purchase food and drink on site, this new location is sure to be a big hit. The production opens for a preview the evening of Thursday, July 6th, and opening night is Friday, July 7th. All performances begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a noon matinee on July 18th. Performances are free, and it is recommended to arrive no later than a half hour before the performance to claim your seats. The final performance is Saturday, July 22nd. To see the full schedule and learn more about Optimist Theatre, please visit: http://www.optimisttheatre.org
If you are willing to travel, one of the best outdoor theatre experiences in Wisconsin is in Spring Green at the American Players Theatre. APT has multiple productions, both modern and classic, throughout the summer on two different outdoor stages, but they never fail to perform at least one of Shakespeare's plays. This year, APT has selected two by the Bard: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Pericles: Prince of Tyre. APT is an incredibly unique theatre experience, and a trip to the Driftless Area is always a treat. To learn more about APT's complete season, including free concerts, go to: https://americanplayers.org/
As the Bard, himself, wrote: "All the world's a stage." His work certainly has traveled the world, and stood the test of time. Find out why at a stage near you this summer.
There's nothing quite as Americana as the 4th of July in the small town communities of Oz. Looking for a celebration near you? Look no further!
Belgium The celebration begins early in Belgium, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23rd at Heritage Park.
Thiensville Thiensville's Family Fun Before the 4th is a nearly all-day event, and a great day for the whole family! On Saturday, June 24th, the parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Follow it to the Village Park, where free ice-cream, live music, and a variety of events await, followed by fireworks at dusk.
Grafton Grafton's Independence Day Celebration happens on Saturday, July 1st, in conjunction with the annual Grillin' in Grafton. The parade begins at Grafton High School at 11 a.m., and makes its way to Centennial Park. Fireworks will take place at dusk.
Rotary Music Festival in Cedarburg The Drum Corps International Tour will return to Cedarburg on Monday, July 3, for the 18th Annual Rotary Music Festival. Cedarburg High School Stadium is set to play host to a lineup of 7 World and Open Class corps during this event that will take place on the eve of Independence Day.
Friestadt It doesn't get any more Americana than Trinity Friestadt's 4th of July Parade and Picnic! Spend your day enjoying one of Ozaukee County's best kept secrets, beginning with an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m. (weather permitting), an 11 a.m. picnic (complete with root beer floats), a tour of the Trinity Historical Grounds, and a 1 p.m. parade, followed by a flag raising, and the very German music of the Alte Kameraden Band and dancing by the Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers.
Port Washington Port's parade begins at 11 a.m. on the 4th; follow it to Veteran's Park on the lakefront for an old fashioned ice cream social, bicycle judging, a watermelon seed spitting contest, and music throughout the afternoon. The only fireworks over the lakefront in Oz begin at dusk, and are best seen from Rotary Park or Coal Dock Park.
Saukville Saukville's parade begins at 1 p.m., going through downtown and ending at Grady Park for a picnic from noon-5 and music from 2-4. There will be music and food from 5 p.m. until dusk, and fireworks are at dusk over Peninsula Park.
Cedarburg Cedarburg's 4th of July Hometown Celebration boasts the largest parade in Ozaukee (roughly 2 hours long!), which begins at Fireman's Park at 10 a.m., and heads south along Washington Ave., making its way to Cedar Creek Park, where a picnic, music, and activities can be found until 9:30 p.m. The Madison Scouts perform at 1 p.m., and Dante's Bop will play from 2-7:30 p.m. The Civic Band performs in the band shell at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30.
Happy Independence Day, Ozaukee!
By Mary Boyle
"Follies." "A Little Night Music." "Into the Woods." "Sundays in the Park with George." Nothing goes together quite like Stephen Sondheim and Musical Theatre, and perhaps that is why this famous American composer's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, was chosen for Skylight Music Theatre's season finale.
Directed by Matthew Ozawa, Sweeney Todd is widely considered to be one of Sondheim's greatest musicals (made extra famous with the 2007 film adaptation featuring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter). The musical is the story of Sweeney Todd (Andrew Varela), a London barber who was wrongfully imprisoned for many years when the corrupt Judge Turpin (Randall Dodge) took a fancy to the barber's beautiful wife. Saved from drowning by a sailor, Anthony Hope (Lucas Pastrana), Todd returns to London to learn from his old neighbor, Mrs. Lovett (Christina Hall), that his wife committed suicide, and his daughter, Johanna (Kelly Brit), had grown up the ward of none other than Judge Turpin, himself. Determined to get his vengeance and be reunited with his daughter, Todd reopens his barber shop on Fleet Street, above where Mrs. Lovett makes her meat pies. And then, as they say, the murders began.
The local competition, Italian barber Adolfo Pirelli (Robert A. Goderich), threatens Todd and demands a share of his profits, so he is the first to feel Todd's wrath. Pirelli's boy, Tobias Ragg (Ryan Stajmiger) makes a seemingly perfect helper for Mrs. Lovett, but what to do with the body of his former employer? You know, with the price of meat these days...
Sweeney Todd is as morbid and gruesome as it is funny and somewhat erotic, and Skylight plays all of it up, with dark Victorian costumes and a set that recalls an insane asylum of the same period, along with what are surely the worst pies in London. The walls quite literally run with blood, and there may be some identifiable body parts in the meat grinder -- this is not a show for the exceptionally squeamish! -- and yet, audiences will be almost surprised to find themselves laughing at the horror presented to them. That, perhaps, is the brilliance of Sweeney Todd.
Performances of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street are Friday, May 19 through Saturday, June 11 in the Cabot Theatre, located at, 158 N. Broadway, in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. Sweeney Todd is suitable for audiences ages 12 and up. Tickets are $25 - $75 (plus tax and fees) and can be purchased in person at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, 158 N. Broadway, or by calling (414) 291-7800, Monday – Saturday, from noon - 6 p.m. The Box Office window is also open two hours prior to each performance. Tickets may be purchased online at www.skylightmusictheatre.org.
About Skylight Music Theatre
Skylight Music Theatre's mission since 1959: To bring the full spectrum of music theatre works to a wide and diverse audience in celebration of the musical and theatrical arts and their reflection of the human condition. Skylight presents productions "Skylight Style"
– bringing fresh approaches or interesting twists to music theatre works, creating meaningful connections, not only between the characters on stage, but with the audience, as well. The beautiful, intimate Cabot Theatre allows audiences to feel close to the powerful emotions on stage.
Food: it's something we all have in common, seeing as everyone needs to eat. Luckily, we have a plethora of Farmers Markets to get fresh, local food all over Ozaukee County; and, if you do it right, you can hit one almost every day of the week! Here are the details:
Port Washington Port's Farmers Market will be the first to open for the season on Saturday, June 3rd, during the annual Pirate Festival. Main Street is closed between Franklin and Wisconsin Streets from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday from June 3rd through October 28th, with fresh produce, honey, soaps, bakery, live music, and more.
Saukville Located at Veterans Park in the center of downtown, Saukville's Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on June 25th and going through October (except September 3rd), with fresh produce, flowers, and arts and crafts.
Thiensville Thiensville's Village Market opens Tuesday, June 13th at Village Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will continue every Tuesday, except for July 4th, through October 24th. Live music and The Best "Dam" Chef Competition are some of the highlights of this market, aside from fresh food, flowers, and more.
Cedarburg New this year, the Cedarburg Farmers Market will be located at Firemen's Park on Wednesday afternoons from 3-7 p.m. beginning June 21st and through October 25th. Find fresh produce, cheese curds, honey, breads, handmade soaps, meats, and more. Note that there will be no market July 5th or August 2nd.
There is also the Cedarburg Makers & Growers Market, which features a variety of artisans and locally grown produce, happening every Friday from June 16th through October 27th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Cedarburg Cultural Center parking lot.
Fredonia A relative newbie on the Farmers Market scene, the Fredonia Farmers Market takes place at the Fredonia Government Center from 2-6 p.m. every Wednesday from June 14th through November 8th.
Grafton Grafton is also trying out a new location for their market this year, which will open on Thursday, July 6th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, along the river, and will continue through September.
If you just can't make it to the market, there are other ways to get your local food! Outpost in Mequon is committed to local and regional produce and products, with several of their items coming from producers within 100 miles of the co-op. There are also a number of farms in Oz that sell directly to consumers, including Witte's Vegetable Farm and Kay's Home Farm (which has pasture-raised beef) in Cedarburg, Rare Earth Farm in Belgium (which is a CSA, but also has an online store), Polzin Farms in Grafton (which has pick your own strawberries, and more!), The Victory Garden Farm (which is hoping to add CSA shares soon) and Willoway Farm CSA (which even has flower shares) in Fredonia, and Wellspring CSA in Newburg.
Memorial Day is a time to honor those who gave their lives in military service to our country, but it wasn't always that way. The tradition began after the Civil War, for honoring soldiers of both sides who had died. After World War I, the tradition was changed to honor all those Americans who died fighting in any war. It was officially made a holiday in 1971, giving us the three day weekend that has come to be associated with the beginning of summer, store sales, and barbecues. In recent years, communities have returned to the roots of this holiday, and it has regained some of the solemn feel of its origins. Oz has several parades and ceremonies to attend -- here are the details:
Fredonia The Warren Kane American Legion Post 410 will hold a ceremony at Veterans Park at 9 a.m., with a flag raising and the playing of taps by area students.
Belgium A mass and Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Lake Church Chapel. The parade beings at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street, followed by a program at Community Park. A cookout will be held at the American Legion Melvin Wester Post 412, with free beverages, after the program.
Saukville The Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 will have a prayer service at the Union Cemetery on South Main St. in Saukville, and the parade begins at 9 a.m. from nearby Riverside Park and ends at Veterans Park on East Green Bay Ave. for a ceremony. Lunch will be served following the ceremony at the Legion Post at 601 S. Dekora St.
Port Washington The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall, and continues to Veterans Park on the lakefront for a program, where the Port Washington High School Band will play patriotic songs. The Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 will provide soft drinks and ice-cream to children following the program.
Grafton The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Grafton American Legion Rose Harms Post 335 and continue to Veteran's Memorial Park. A luncheon will be served at the Post following the parade.
Cedarburg The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Firemen's Park, followed by a ceremony and reception at the Peter Wollner Post 288 at 10 a.m., located at W57 N481 Hilbert Ave.
Mequon/Thiensville The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, and continues to Mequon City Hall for a ceremony. An observance and lunch will follow at the Howard J. Schroeder American Legion Post 457's Clubhouse located at 6050 W. Mequon Road.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.
One of the best parts of summertime in Ozaukee County is the plethora of outdoor concerts to attend. From Summer Sounds to Gathering on the Green, there's something for everyone. Here's the 2017 lineup:
Summer Sounds in Cedarburg The 15th Season of Summer Sounds kicks off Friday, June 16th, at Cedar Creek Park with indie folk rock band, Family and Friends, with special guest, Ultrasound, and continues every Friday through August 18th. Each concert begins 6:30 p.m., and there is plenty of food and drink available on site, as well as a playground for the kids nearby. Bring a blanket or chairs, find your spot, and plan on an evening of fun!
Shully's River Sounds in Thiensville will have free concerts on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-10 p.m., rain or shine, with some delicious food available, made (of course!) by Shully's, including a 12 hour Texas style pulled pork sandwich, or a 12 hour smoked brisket Banh Mi sandwich, as well as more standard outdoor food, such as hot dogs and hamburgers. June 1st is the Eddie Butts Band, July 6th is Whiskey Farm, and August 3rd is Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz. Bring two non-perishable food items for Family Sharing's Food Pantry.
GALA in the Park Concert Series returns to Veteran's Memorial Park, along the Milwaukee River in Grafton, on Thursday evenings, beginning July 13th and going through August 24th, from 6:30-9 p.m. John's Pizzaria of Grafton will be selling food on site, and the Grafton Lions will be selling popcorn and beverages.
Live at the Triangle in Saukville's Veteran's Park will have two Wednesday evenings a month covered, from 7-9:30 p.m., beginning with Saving Savannah on June 14th, and ending with Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys on August 23rd. Food and beverages are available for purchase on site.
Gathering on the Green at Mequon's Rotary Park returns for its 22nd year on Friday, July 14th with the iconic Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, and Saturday, July 15th with 2017 Grammy Award Winner for Best Dance Recording, Daya, and special guest, Vocalight, an all vocal group from Dayton, Ohio.
Newport Shores in Port Washington has bands scheduled all summer long on their outdoor stage, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, beginning on June 3rd with Midlife Oasis, and going through September 3rd with Vinyl Groove.
Nines Live on the Sunset Deck is an outdoor concert series on Thursday nights from 7- 10 p.m. at the Nines American Bistro in Mequon. The series begins on June 8th with The Breakfast Club Band, and continues through September 7th with Jenny Thiel.
Rock the Patio at Beanies happens every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Port Washington from July 9th through August 27th, beginning with Bella Musik and always featuring Beanies' famous margaritas!
Cedarburg Art Museum Beer Garden will have live music and food Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning on June 29th and through September 7th, as well as during Strawberry Festival and Wine & Harvest Festival, and for a special Opening Reception on June 10th and a Garden Party on July 3rd.
If you don't mind the drive, Sheboygan has the amazing Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series kicks off on Thursday, June 22nd at 6 p.m. with Too Many Zooz. Most performances are Thursday evenings beginning at 6; however, the Series also incorporates the Midsummer Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, July 15th and 16th, on the JMK Arts Center Festival Green.
Also not too far from Oz, the Homegrown Music Festival returns to Regner Park in West Bend on Sunday, July 9th with Chicken Wire Empire, Buffalo Gospel, the Zach Pietrini Band, Listening Party, The Freques, Old American Junk, and Kyle Megna and the Monsoons. Parking is free, and a $10 donation is recommended.
To stay informed about all of the great live music happening in and around Oz, make sure to stay tuned to the Ozaukee Living Local Events Page, and subscribe to our Friday Newsletter!
By Mary Boyle
Nearly every high school student in the US is required to read Animal Farm, the allegorical novella by George Orwell, published in 1945, that tells the cautionary tale of the 1917 Russian Revolution, played out in an English barnyard. Since our recent Presidential election, sales of Orwell's other well-known book, 1984, have skyrocketed; between "alternative facts" and the constant accusations of Russian involvement in our government, there's never been a better time to reacquaint yourself with this iconic tale, and the high school-aged cast of Young Company, First Stage's advanced, college-level actor training program, most certainly does it justice.
Adapted from Orwell's book by Ian Woolridge, and directed by Matt Daniels, Young Company's Animal Farm is powerful, shocking, and beautifully modern, yet wonderfully traditional, thanks to the brilliant costume designs of Kristina Sneshkoff and the scenic design of Madelyn Yee.
Old Major (Claire Zempel), Manor Farm's prize-winning boar, gathers the animals together to tell them something important: man is their enemy. If ever animals are to be free of the tyranny of men, they must revolt, and never adopt the habits of men. Shortly after Old Major dies, three younger pigs, Snowball (Jake Badovski), Napoleon (Mary Jensik), and Squealer (Sydney Salter), consolidate Old Major's words into a philosophy called Animalism. With the help of their fellow animal comrades, they take the farm from Mr. Jones, change "Manor Farm" to "Animal Farm," and seem to be well on their way to freedom and harmony.
Perhaps nobody is more zealous a believer in their leader than Boxer (Elliott Brotherhood), a strong draft horse who knows that if he just keeps working harder, everything will work out in the end; however, his helpmate, Clover (Alex Salter), and Benjamin the Donkey (Abby Barbeau), aren't as certain. As the animals work harder, their rations get smaller, and the rules seem to keep changing; they look to the raven, Moses (Matthias Wong), who promises they will all go to live on Sugarcandy Mountain when they die, and place what hope, if any, they have left with him.
Elliott Brotherhood is a homeschooled Junior from Mequon, and while he has been in multiple productions with First Stage, Animal Farm is his Young Company debut.
"Being in Animal Farm reminded me not to take my freedom for granted...it’s scary to think that the Bolshevik Revolution, and the various political movements in Eastern Europe after World War II that serve as the model for the Animal Farm story, all took place in the 20th Century -- not that long ago."
Both Elliott and Grace Reasoner, a sophomore at Cedarburg High School who plays a pig, are grateful for their experience with Young Company.
"First Stage provided a safe environment to learn about things that were sometimes difficult, or to have a window into someone else’s life or situation," said Elliott. "They helped me to realize that everyone comes from a different place, but that we all have value. They have helped to teach me responsibility, showed me how to problem solve, taught me how to work with others as a team and, most importantly, helped me to gain a strong work ethic. First Stage has been a huge part of my life."
Grace feels that her time with Young Company will help her towards a career in acting. "Animal Farm has been an amazing experience -- probably one of my favorite shows I've ever been in. Our director, Matt Daniels, is a genius, and helped us work out the kinks in all of our different animal movement and sounds. I wouldn't have wanted to do this show with any other director. I am truly proud of the work we have done and the show we are now able to present."
There are two more performances of Animal Farm this Saturay, May 20th, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, located at 325 W. Walnut Street in Milwaukee. Tickets are $14 and are available online at www.FirstStage.org or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961. This production is recommended for ages 12 and up.
About First Stage
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season, First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves over 2,100 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs use theater to promote active learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students throughout southeastern Wisconsin each year. In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Stage is the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in 2013 and 2015, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts. First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).
After a successful first run under new management last year, the Port Washington Pirate Festival will return this first weekend in June to Port's lakefront, with some reliable favorites, as well as some new additions.
The free Festival kicks off on Friday, June 2nd, at 5 p.m. with the Buccaneer Bash in the beer tent, where there will be live music from the Celtic rock band, Hearthfire, from 7-11 p.m. Happy Hour is from 7-9 p.m. Meet and greet pirates, get something to eat at the Gruel Galley from 5-11 p.m., and do some early shopping at the Thieves Marketplace from 5-10 p.m., with a variety of vendors, including: Andrea Jones - author of the Hook & Jill saga, DaSue Dragon, Sea Ratt Pirate Booty, Aurora's Apothecary, and Captain Kut's Pirate Ware, as well as some modern vendors, such as LuLaRoe, Tastefully Simple, and L'Bri.
On Saturday, June 3rd, you can start the day off early with the ever-popular Breakfast with the Pirates at Newport Shores from 8-11:30 a.m. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling (262) 284-6838, but walk-ins will be seated as available. Newport Shores and the PW Pirate Festival cannot be responsible for the manners of the pirates, and it is strongly recommended that you do not touch their plates.
The Festival, itself, opens at 10 a.m., with favorite acts such as Cutlass Cooking, Knotty Bits, River Valley Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Stellamani Caravan, and Pyrates of Portabello. There will be roaming pirates, and a bounce house for the kids, as well as a children's and adult's Costume Contest. The Tall Ship Denis Sullivan will be in the harbor for deck tours and sails, as well.
New to the Festival this year, but not new to Port, is the Cardboard Boat Regatta, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. This popular event, which was once a part of Port's Maritime Heritage Festival, takes place in the harbor and features boats made from corrugated cardboard, sailing in both youth and adult divisions, with prizes for best design and construction, best theme and costumes, most spectacular sinking, and a people's choice award. Should Saturday get rained out, the Regatta will happen on Sunday.
On Sunday, the Festival opens for the final time at 10 a.m., with a Pirate Invasion on Scoundrel's Mound at 10:30, and a Parade at noon.
The Port Washington Pirate Festival is a fun, family-friendly event. Costumes are encouraged, and there is plenty to see and do for all ages, so swab the decks of your galleon, put on your eye patch, and be prepared to sail the seven seas in the city of seven hills!
Over 100 years ago (in 1914, to be exact), President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day an official holiday. As one might guess, it didn't take long for restaurants, florists, and confectioners to get in on it. In fact, the woman who campaigned for the holiday, Anna Jarvis, was so disgusted by the commercialization of the holiday that she spent the rest of her life fighting to remove it from the calendar. Of course, Mother's Day is here to stay, so if you're going to spend your money, you may as well do it locally, and there are plenty of good restaurants, florists, and confectioners in Oz to choose from!
Twisted Willow is serving up a special brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring a build your own Bloody Marys and Mimosas, special dishes, and a dessert menu that any Mom would love. Eating gluten-free? There are good options on all of the menus! Reservations are suggested -- call (262) 268-7600.
Port Hotel serves brunch from 9:30-3:30 ($26.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids), featuring prime rib, and roasted turkey. Reservations are recommended at (262) 284-9473.
Newport Shores serves brunch from 9:30-2:30, with a special Mother's Day dinner Menu from 4-9 p.m. featuring lobster tail and prime rib. Brunch is $15.95 for adults, $7.95 for children under 12 and $4.95 for children under 6 (children under 2 are free).
Tello's has lunch and dinner specials, and all moms will receive a rose, with no reservations required.
Beanies will have a special Mexican Brunch menu from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., with free mimosas for mom. Call for reservations at (262) 284-7200.
If you're looking for chocolates in Port, Chocolate Chisel has fresh, chocolate covered strawberries available for the occasion, as well as a wide variety of milk and dark chocolates to choose from. You could also try CoCa LeNa for treats, cards and gifts. Jewelry can be found at Sharbuno Jewelers. Also, moms (and grandmothers) are free at the Port Exploreum!
Firehouse Restaurant has a Breakfast Buffet, featuring a made-to-order omelette bar and more, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $16.95/person (Children 10 and under are half price, and children 2 and under are free). Call for reservations at (262) 284-8886.
For flowers, try Lighthouse Florist.
A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Atlas BBQ will have their very first Mother's Day Brunch, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., featuring carved beef brisket, smoked ham and salmon, and more. The cost is $25.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are recommended; call (262) 618-2181.
Flannery's at Fire Ridge in Grafton has Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a free mimosa with the purchase of an adult buffet. Adults are $17.99, and kids 8 and under are $8.99, while children under 4 are free. Reservations are required; call (262) 375-2977.
The Bloomin Olive is where to go for flowers in the Grafton area, and Sweet Trio has all the sweet treats mom might want.
Joey Gerard’s has a Brunch Buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for $36.95 adults, and $17.95 for kids 3-12 years old, as well as a Dinner Buffet from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., which is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 3-12 years old. Call (262) 518-5500 to make reservations.
Cafe 1505 is serving brunch beginning at 9 am, with a final seating at 1:30. Highlights Include breakfast tostadas, baileys mascarpone stuffed French toast, and chipotle lime wild Alaskan salmon lettuce cups, as well as homemade chocolate truffles. Reservations are required -- call (262)241-7076).
Nine's American Bistro will have a Mother's Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m. featuring free mimosas for mom, as well as a chef-attended carving and omelette station, and a separate buffet for kids. The cost is $32.50, $13.50 for kids 12 and under, and free for children under 5. Call for reservations at (262) 518-0129.
A Floral Affair is the place to go for blooms and Get Happy is the place to get chocolate or candy.
Galioto's Twelve 21 will be serving brunch; the cost is $24.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids. For reservations, call (262) 377-8085.
There's always a special caramel apple from Amy's Candy Kitchen or classic candies from Ashley's Confectionery to make mom's day, and flowers from Rachel's Roses.
No No's has brunch from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. For reservations, call (262)675-6960.
The The Islands at Waubeka Fire Hall offers a Mother's Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring beef tips, ham, marinated pork chops, peel and eat shrimp, and more. Adults are $14.95, children 10 and under are $7.95, and children 3 and under are free. Call for reservations at (262) 692-5642.
If Mom is an outdoorsy type, she may prefer a hike at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Sauk Creek Nature Preserve in Port, Harrington Beach in Belgium, or a special hike for Moms, such as the Wildflower Hike at Riveredge.
Happy Mother's Day to all from Ozaukee Living Local!