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Around The Corner with John McGivern

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Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
10.1 West Allis Everyone knows that State Fair, the Milwaukee Mile, the Pettit Center, and Candy Cane Lane are in West Allis. But have you taken the time recently to experience them? We were delighted. And everyone remembers that Allis Chalmers was here. But have you been back lately to see the redevelopment and renovation? We were amazed. When we poked around Quadgraphics and the West Allis Historical Society, we were enlightened (in different ways), and at Rupenas and Antigua we were blissfully stuffed! And you may have shopped at Record Head or the famous West Allis Farmers Market, but have you given in to your addiction at Onionmania? (Best name ever for a store, by the way!). We didn’t head into West Allis in search of the landmarks, but we found the first three in about 10 minutes! Then we spent five of the fastest, most jam-packed days ever – and we loved every minute!
WEB LINK
310 TH 08/14/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Oconomowoc As John says, Oconomowoc will make you jealous. Wait until you see the homes and the lakes (and the homes on the lakes) and the Batmobile! No kidding – Batman and Robin live here, didn’t you know? Then maybe you also don’t know that in Oconomowoc you’ll find: the oldest complete stained glass window at Oakbrook Esser (and the other unbelievable windows that Paul makes); Sacred Indian Lotuses that only exist in the U.S. just off Terry and Dirk’s pier in Lac la Belle; a marble dog bathtub in the Marjorie Ward estate; the more than 100 million sq. ft. (not a typo!) Roundy’s distribution center; and Brownberry Bread being made at the rate of 180 loaves a minute! In downtown Oconomowoc, kids can learn to cook, adults can mediate and worship, horses can be outfitted and, of course, everyone can eat. See? John was right – but don’t be jealous, just settle in and enjoy this hard to spell town in the heart of Lake Country. Yes, Oconomowoc already has a lot of O’s, but let us add one more: O-utstandin
WEB LINK
311 TH 08/21/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 La Crosse Everyone we met in La Crosse was so laid back, friendly and physically fit! Must be because there’s so much to do. John spent a week in this Mississippi River town talking to people who were biking, boating, praying (perpetually for over 100 years!) brewing, learning, teaching, La Crossing (is that the verb for playing La Crosse?) and parading! On any given day, the Chancellor is jamming, the servers at Rudy’s are skating, the staff at LHI is growing, and when it’s Oktoberfest, the whole town is celebrating! Whew! We told you so - La Crosse is busy! The recreational opportunities are overwhelming – in a good way, the scenery is breathtaking – in an inspiring way, and the people are charming – in a genuine way. We loved the vibe – and all the verbs – in La Crosse!
WEB LINK
312 TH 08/28/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Washington Heights This neighborhood has the key ingredients of a Metro Milwaukee realtor’s dream: location, great housing stock and location! Throw in the fact that the neighborhood businesses, services and artists are flourishing on North Avenue and Vliet Street, and this community truly sells itself. Unfortunately, John couldn’t sample the wares at Meritage or Eat Cake, or indulge with the ladies from the 53rd Street Book Club. Bad week for John McGivern to have a “procedure” scheduled! But he got the “all clear” in time to meet some Irish friends at McBob’s and O’Briens. John was given the best gift ever by the owners of Gietl Signs. He was fascinated to see African hair braiding, tried to run a movie at the legendary Times Cinema (no more film, John!), and the neighbors introduced him to his first Little Free Library. John Gurda says that Washington Heights was built and designated to be a special Milwaukee neighborhood. It still is! Thanks, Washington Heights, for ending our season on a high note! (13 of
WEB LINK
313 TH 09/04/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Shorewood The first episode of the second season is Shorewood, so named because it’s situated between the shore of Lake Michigan and the woods along the Milwaukee River – at least that’s what John Gurda says, and who’s going to doubt him? This close knit community, with its churches, restaurants and zillion salons, feels familiar because of some long-standing community treasures. Ever gone to Hubbard Park Lodge, climbed the stairs of Atwater Park, eaten at Benji’s Deli or seen a show at Shorewood High School? Chances are that you have. But have you been impressed by the Table Tennis Club, sat on the roof of the Garden Room, had a custom garment created at Sophisticated Rose or licked the salt from your fingers at Goody Gourmet’s? It’s the combination of old and new that make Shorewood a truly great place on a great lake! (1 of 13)
WEB LINK
201 TH 09/25/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Third Ward Milwaukee’s Third Ward is literally saturated with creative people, and John McGivern meets many contributing to the creative vibe of the area, including an artist and art critic, an opera singer, and media producers. John finds a company that hasn’t changed locations or products in 50 years; stops and shops at Lela and Retique, heads over to Broadway Paper and swings by the Public Market. Ready for fun, he heads to SPiN, the Wicked Hop, and tours the rest of the Third Ward. If you haven’t visited in a while, you won’t recognize it because this community has been “reinvented”! (10 of 13)
WEB LINK
110 SA 08/16/14 11:00am 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Greendale John McGivern explores one of only three “Greenbelt” communities in the United States—Greendale! John Gurda certainly knows tons about this planned community built by the FDR Administration in 1936, but it’s John McGivern who explores Greendale today and discovers its fantastic character. John learns why sections of Greendale are so defined, and it doesn’t take him long to hear the defining sound of downtown Greendale, where barbershop quartets are alive and well. John meets a barber who’s been in the community for 40 years, and visits the Taste of Home Test Kitchen at the Greendale Visitor Center. He tours the local bakery, malt shop and the Shoppe Around the Corner. John also visits a lime farm, where they don’t grow limes, and becomes a weed-out-warrior while discovering this true Wisconsin Original! (11 of 13)
WEB LINK
111 SA 08/16/14 10:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Greendale John McGivern explores one of only three “Greenbelt” communities in the United States—Greendale! John Gurda certainly knows tons about this planned community built by the FDR Administration in 1936, but it’s John McGivern who explores Greendale today and discovers its fantastic character. John learns why sections of Greendale are so defined, and it doesn’t take him long to hear the defining sound of downtown Greendale, where barbershop quartets are alive and well. John meets a barber who’s been in the community for 40 years, and visits the Taste of Home Test Kitchen at the Greendale Visitor Center. He tours the local bakery, malt shop and the Shoppe Around the Corner. John also visits a lime farm, where they don’t grow limes, and becomes a weed-out-warrior while discovering this true Wisconsin Original! (11 of 13)
WEB LINK
111 SA 08/23/14 11:00am 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Lincoln Village Where is Lincoln Village? John McGivern finds out this south side Milwaukee neighborhood is anchored by St Josaphat’s Basilica on the east and Forest Home Cemetery on the west. Talk about a melting pot! John finds authentic Mexican boots, candy, food and bakery right across the street from the Polish deli, down the block from the Serbian restaurant. There are bikers and boxers, an architect and an audio engineer. And Kosy Park (that’s what the locals call Kosciuszko Park) is the heart of it all with a community center that truly serves the community. History is important here and so John talks to the folks at Urban Anthropology and a resident who has called the same house his home for 84 years. And speaking of history, John Gurda not only tells the history of the neighborhood, but shares a bit of his own, too! (12 of 13)
WEB LINK
112 SA 08/23/14 10:01pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Lincoln Village Where is Lincoln Village? John McGivern finds out this south side Milwaukee neighborhood is anchored by St Josaphat’s Basilica on the east and Forest Home Cemetery on the west. Talk about a melting pot! John finds authentic Mexican boots, candy, food and bakery right across the street from the Polish deli, down the block from the Serbian restaurant. There are bikers and boxers, an architect and an audio engineer. And Kosy Park (that’s what the locals call Kosciuszko Park) is the heart of it all with a community center that truly serves the community. History is important here and so John talks to the folks at Urban Anthropology and a resident who has called the same house his home for 84 years. And speaking of history, John Gurda not only tells the history of the neighborhood, but shares a bit of his own, too! (12 of 13)
WEB LINK
112 SA 08/30/14 11:00am 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 East Town We wrap up the first season of Around the Corner with John McGivern where John starts and ends everyday – East Town. As Milwaukee’s center of commerce, people have always worked in East Town. The businesses are local and global, really big and really tiny. Places like the Pfister and London Cleaners have been here forever, but newcomers continue to add to this ever-changing community. In the last few decades, there’s been a real resurgence of people who come to live and play here, too. Home to the theater district, the art museum, and some of the best restaurants and street food in the state, there’s always something to do (and eat!). But as a resident, John invites you to hang out at Buckley’s, on “the W’s” or in Cathedral Square, and come grocery shopping with him and meet his friend, Madeline. John Gurda says it was called Juneau Town, it’s been known as Yankee Hill, we all call it Downtown, but John McGivern calls East Town “home”. (13 of 13)
WEB LINK
113 SA 08/30/14 10:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 East Town We wrap up the first season of Around the Corner with John McGivern where John starts and ends everyday – East Town. As Milwaukee’s center of commerce, people have always worked in East Town. The businesses are local and global, really big and really tiny. Places like the Pfister and London Cleaners have been here forever, but newcomers continue to add to this ever-changing community. In the last few decades, there’s been a real resurgence of people who come to live and play here, too. Home to the theater district, the art museum, and some of the best restaurants and street food in the state, there’s always something to do (and eat!). But as a resident, John invites you to hang out at Buckley’s, on “the W’s” or in Cathedral Square, and come grocery shopping with him and meet his friend, Madeline. John Gurda says it was called Juneau Town, it’s been known as Yankee Hill, we all call it Downtown, but John McGivern calls East Town “home”. (13 of 13)
WEB LINK
113 SA 09/20/14 11:00am 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 West Allis Everyone knows that State Fair, the Milwaukee Mile, the Pettit Center, and Candy Cane Lane are in West Allis. But have you taken the time recently to experience them? We were delighted. And everyone remembers that Allis Chalmers was here. But have you been back lately to see the redevelopment and renovation? We were amazed. When we poked around Quadgraphics and the West Allis Historical Society, we were enlightened (in different ways), and at Rupenas and Antigua we were blissfully stuffed! And you may have shopped at Record Head or the famous West Allis Farmers Market, but have you given in to your addiction at Onionmania? (Best name ever for a store, by the way!). We didn’t head into West Allis in search of the landmarks, but we found the first three in about 10 minutes! Then we spent five of the fastest, most jam-packed days ever – and we loved every minute!
WEB LINK
310 TH 08/14/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Oconomowoc As John says, Oconomowoc will make you jealous. Wait until you see the homes and the lakes (and the homes on the lakes) and the Batmobile! No kidding – Batman and Robin live here, didn’t you know? Then maybe you also don’t know that in Oconomowoc you’ll find: the oldest complete stained glass window at Oakbrook Esser (and the other unbelievable windows that Paul makes); Sacred Indian Lotuses that only exist in the U.S. just off Terry and Dirk’s pier in Lac la Belle; a marble dog bathtub in the Marjorie Ward estate; the more than 100 million sq. ft. (not a typo!) Roundy’s distribution center; and Brownberry Bread being made at the rate of 180 loaves a minute! In downtown Oconomowoc, kids can learn to cook, adults can mediate and worship, horses can be outfitted and, of course, everyone can eat. See? John was right – but don’t be jealous, just settle in and enjoy this hard to spell town in the heart of Lake Country. Yes, Oconomowoc already has a lot of O’s, but let us add one more: O-utstandin
WEB LINK
311 TH 08/21/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 La Crosse Everyone we met in La Crosse was so laid back, friendly and physically fit! Must be because there’s so much to do. John spent a week in this Mississippi River town talking to people who were biking, boating, praying (perpetually for over 100 years!) brewing, learning, teaching, La Crossing (is that the verb for playing La Crosse?) and parading! On any given day, the Chancellor is jamming, the servers at Rudy’s are skating, the staff at LHI is growing, and when it’s Oktoberfest, the whole town is celebrating! Whew! We told you so - La Crosse is busy! The recreational opportunities are overwhelming – in a good way, the scenery is breathtaking – in an inspiring way, and the people are charming – in a genuine way. We loved the vibe – and all the verbs – in La Crosse!
WEB LINK
312 TH 08/28/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Washington Heights This neighborhood has the key ingredients of a Metro Milwaukee realtor’s dream: location, great housing stock and location! Throw in the fact that the neighborhood businesses, services and artists are flourishing on North Avenue and Vliet Street, and this community truly sells itself. Unfortunately, John couldn’t sample the wares at Meritage or Eat Cake, or indulge with the ladies from the 53rd Street Book Club. Bad week for John McGivern to have a “procedure” scheduled! But he got the “all clear” in time to meet some Irish friends at McBob’s and O’Briens. John was given the best gift ever by the owners of Gietl Signs. He was fascinated to see African hair braiding, tried to run a movie at the legendary Times Cinema (no more film, John!), and the neighbors introduced him to his first Little Free Library. John Gurda says that Washington Heights was built and designated to be a special Milwaukee neighborhood. It still is! Thanks, Washington Heights, for ending our season on a high note! (13 of
WEB LINK
313 TH 09/04/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Shorewood The first episode of the second season is Shorewood, so named because it’s situated between the shore of Lake Michigan and the woods along the Milwaukee River – at least that’s what John Gurda says, and who’s going to doubt him? This close knit community, with its churches, restaurants and zillion salons, feels familiar because of some long-standing community treasures. Ever gone to Hubbard Park Lodge, climbed the stairs of Atwater Park, eaten at Benji’s Deli or seen a show at Shorewood High School? Chances are that you have. But have you been impressed by the Table Tennis Club, sat on the roof of the Garden Room, had a custom garment created at Sophisticated Rose or licked the salt from your fingers at Goody Gourmet’s? It’s the combination of old and new that make Shorewood a truly great place on a great lake! (1 of 13)
WEB LINK
201 TH 09/25/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST