Archives for February 2014

HWTN to Hear From County Exec at Meeting May 7

Milwaukee County government has been in the news lately, with a new law making county supervisors part time, disagreements about who will run the transit system and a new governance structure to oversee mental health services, among other issues.

In addition to these timely issues, HWTN members always have a strong interest in our neighborhood Milwaukee County parks, including Lake Park, Bradford Beach and Back Bay Park.

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The current Milwaukee County Courthouse was completed in 1931. Two prior county courthouses were located in what is now Cathedral Square Park. Milwaukee County was established in 1835, preceding the City of Milwaukee’s incorporation in 1846.

 

To bring us up to date on all things county, and to answer questions we may have, we’ve invited Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to speak at our monthly meeting on Wednesday May 7, 2014.

As always, our meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Marcia Coles Community Room in the Lake Park Pavilion (below Lake Park Bistro).

If you can, come around 6:45 p.m. to chat with neighbors and enjoy coffee and cookies courtesy of Lake Park Bistro before our meeting.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Milwaukee blacksmith to speak on Cyril Colnik’s works April 2

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Milwaukee Blacksmith Kent Knapp

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Master Metalworker Cyril Colnik

Join Milwaukee blacksmith Kent Knapp at our April 2 meeting as he explores the impact of famed historic blacksmith Cyril Colnik and his ironwork on the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood.

From ashtrays and wall sconces to large ornate gates and fences, Colnik’s legacy stands proud yet today on many historic homes in this area. Learn about how this talent was brought to Milwaukee and how his contributions — highly concentrated in the Water Tower neighborhood — shaped the architecture in Milwaukee.

Knapp’s work has been a life study of Colnik (1871-1958) and passing the techniques he studies to his sons and students. Knapp is the lead blacksmith and owner of Milwaukee Blacksmith, a family-owned and -operated business in the Historic Third Ward.

Proud to be creating this century’s ironwork and replicating the work of the past, the family is making its own mark. Kent’s own work on the Carl A. Miller mansion, 2909 E. Newberry Blvd., was awarded a City of Milwaukee Cream of the Cream City award for historic preservation.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room in Lake Park Pavilion. Attendees are invited to join us at 6:45 p.m. before the meeting for free cookies and coffee courtesy of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. The meeting room is beneath the Bistro.

Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny Come to Neighborhood Saturday April 12

Grab your kids (or grandkids) and head on over to the North Point Lighthouse from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Saturday April 12, 2014, for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event also includes a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and climb to the top of the lighthouse.

HWTN will be providing coffee and other supplies and helping staff the event. Pre-registration is recommended by emailing us or calling the phone number below, and payment is required. See the flyer below for details. We hope to see you there!
HWTN Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Join Us For Annual HWTN “Spring Into Green” Neighborhood Parks Clean-Up Saturday April 26

With springlike weather (finally) in the air, how about commemorating the end of (a very long) winter by joining fellow HWTN members in our annual “Spring Into Green” neighborhood parks clean-up?

Here are details for this fun and worthwhile effort. Be sure to register in advance by emailing us or calling the phone number below. Hope to see you there.
HWTN Park clean up 2014

Historic Milwaukee postcards in focus at March 5 meeting

“As pretty as a picture” describes the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood perfectly. So it’s not surprising that so many pretty picture postcards of our beautiful neighborhood were produced during the postcard heyday of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Local postcard collector Mary Ritchie will join our March 5 meeting to discuss historic postcard collecting and give us a truly literal glimpse of our neighborhood’s early days via dozens of fascinating Milwaukee postcards she’ll show us from her collection.

Ald. Nik Kovac will also speak at the meeting, providing an update on the “Hotel Shepard” situation and other items of neighborhood interest.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room in Lake Park Pavilion. Attendees are invited to join us at 6:45 p.m. before the meeting for free cookies and coffee courtesy of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. The meeting room is beneath the Bistro.

Ald. Kovac will speak near the start of the meeting. Mary’s discussion on historic postcards will close the meeting, giving us time after her talk to stay and check out the many postcards she’ll bring.