Archives for June 2013

Downer Classic Pro Criterium Courses Through HWTN Saturday

Any doubts that summer has arrived should be dispelled because one of the rites of the season in the HWTN is nearly upon us: the Downer Classic Pro Criterium bike races, which take place this Saturday June 29, 2013.

Downer bike race

According to the schedule, races begin at 10:35 a.m. and conclude with the final contest, the Pro Men 1/2, starting at 7 p.m.

As always, the races consist of multiple laps on an HWTN circuit of N. Lake Dr., E. Bradford Pl., N. Downer Ave. and E. Park Pl.

Watch from anywhere along the route as the blindingly-fast athletes compete, and be sure to stop by for food, drink and other activities on Downer Avenue.

You can check out the street closing info we received if you need to know. See you in the neighborhood on Saturday!





3rd Annual HWTN / VIA Downer Happy Hour is Sold Out!

We got such a great response that we’re already sold out of space a few days in advance of the 3rd annual HWTN happy hour for members this Thursday June 27, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at VIA Downer,2625 N Downer Ave.

Those members who’ve already registered for the event will enjoy free appetizers, a cash bar and some neighborly fun at this family-friendly event. Thanks so much to our friends at VIA for again welcoming us into their fantastic establishment and treating us to samples of their great cuisine. If you missed the sign up or aren’t a member, there’s always next year…

Via photo

We need just a few more Facebook “Likes” to hit 400!

Nearly 400 people “Like” our Facebook page —  help us get there!

If you’re not following us on Facebook, now’s the time to “Like” HWTN’s Facebook page.

You’ll get updates about neighborhood events, postings from other groups in the area and interesting historical quizzes about homes and other fascinating aspects of the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood.

Just click on the “Find Us On Facebook” icon on the left side of our website’s homepage and click the “Like” botton when you get to our Facebook page. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, also hover your cursor over the “Liked” button on our Facebook page and click “Get Notifications” and “Show in News Feed” when those two options become visible. (Not as hard as it sounds!)

And please encourage your other Facebook friends to “Like” us. The more the merrier.

If you’re enjoying our website, you won’t want to miss out on our Facebook page, either. We hope to see you there.


Former HWTN president Dawn McCarthy interviewed about importance of preservation

Former Historic Water Tower Neighborhood president Dawn McCarthy and her work with the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) is the subject of a fascinating new interview in, a Milwaukee online news website.

mccarthyprofile061513_fullsize_story1Dawn and MPA were honored with a Cream of the Cream City Award this year by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission.

Read the article to read about Dawn’s ideas on preservation, her work with MPA and why preservation matters to neighborhoods like ours.

If you’re not a member of MPA, now’s a good time to consider joining.


HWTN Co-Sponsors Free Historic Preservation, Oral History Talks in June

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood is pleased to be co-sponsoring two exciting lectures on preservation, storytelling and oral history this month. Each is free and open to the public:

  • Does Williamsburg Still Matter? Preservation and Storytelling in the 21st Century Lecture by Jeff Klee, Architectural Historian – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
    • Event date: 6/14/2013. Time: 6:30-8:30PM Place: Villa Terrace Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave. Milwaukee.

  • “Messin’ in the Kitchen”: New Possibilities for Community Public/Oral History in the Digital Age Lecture by Michael H. Frisch, Professor of American Studies and History and Senior Research Scholar at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.
    • Event date: 6/18/2013. Time: 6:30-8:30PM Place: North Point Lighthouse, 2650 N. Wahl Avenue, Milwaukee.

More details and a flyer for the events are available here.