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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)
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201 TH 09/25/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Mineral Point If you knew that Mineral Point was the birthplace of Wisconsin, you are either a resident of Mineral Point or John Gurda! We did anticipate that it wouldn’t be called Mineral Point if it weren’t for minerals, so we couldn’t wait to visit Merry Christmas Mine and the Pendarvis Historic Site. But we quickly learned that the main attraction today isn’t zinc, it’s art. There’s weaving, potting, acting, singing, sculpting and glass making, not to mention cheese making. Don’t laugh - the cheese that comes out of Hook’s is art in and of itself! We discovered one of the great opera houses left in Wisconsin, the most friendly mailman you’ll ever meet, and the only library we’ve ever been in that encourages graffiti. All that and so much more in this charming, hospitable and well preserved community. (2 of 13)
WEB LINK
202 TH 10/02/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Kenosha We love Kenosha, and this episode! So many “firsts” for us here: first civil war museum, first velodrome, first trolley car, first dinosaur, first visit to Tenuta’s and the first time John played on a ladies bocce ball team! The rebirth of downtown Kenosha is nothing short of invigorating. And even though we were hot (average temp when we shot was 104), we were enchanted as well. There’s nowhere else that you’ll find an artist in a light house, a couple selling tuxedos and Hawaiian shirts, a charter boatload of Illinois fisherman and the communications director of Jockey International talking incessantly with such excitement about underwear! And it all works! (3 of 13)
WEB LINK
203 TH 10/09/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Waupaca Chain of Lakes There’s nothing like going “up north” in Wisconsin in summer. And where is that, exactly? It may be different for you, but when John McGivern was a kid, ”up north” was where his family would vacation. So for this episode, John goes back to Waupaca Chain of Lakes and finds it as relaxing and friendly as ever. We found idyllic cottages along the banks and boats of all kinds in the water. And the people who own them… they are so lucky! In Waupaca (that’s a city), discover charming businesses like Freckled Frogg and Furniture by Todd. In King (that’s a town), be moved at the Veterans Home. In Rural (another town), visit with a life-long resident, and at Camp Onaway (that’s an island), envy the joy of youth. Summer in Wisconsin doesn’t’ get any better than this! (4 of 13)
WEB LINK
204 TH 10/16/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Walker's Point Walker’s Point is by far the most diverse place we’ve been. Seriously! Just try to find another community that has a blues bar, a roof top garden overlooking a giant four-sided clock, a distillery, the best boutique hotel in the country, countless restaurants, one of John’s favorite stores, a 350 pound city founder, and a horse stable! See? You can’t. We loved the people and the feel of Walker’s Point, and John Gurda loved that he didn’t have to study even one bit to tell us the history! And the fact that we were in our own backyard made the whole experience comfortable, easy and too much fun! (5 of 13)
WEB LINK
205 TH 10/23/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Neenah On the northwest bank of Lake Winnebago in the Fox Valley, we were thrilled to explore the idyllic community of Neenah. How can you pass up a community that bills itself as the world headquarters of world headquarters? And even if that title can’t be proven, Neenah is proof that even though industry changes, communities can reinvent themselves. Both Johns get schooled in this episode – John Gurda learned about the paper potentates, and John McGivern goes to 8th grade math class. We found paper weights, music and manhole covers galore, and of course John eats well yet again. We’re pretty sure that Rapunzel lives in Neenah, and East Wisconsin Avenue has some of the best real estate we’ve ever seen. Such an attractive community! (6 of 13)
WEB LINK
206 TH 10/30/14 07:00pm 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 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
36.2 Mineral Point If you knew that Mineral Point was the birthplace of Wisconsin, you are either a resident of Mineral Point or John Gurda! We did anticipate that it wouldn’t be called Mineral Point if it weren’t for minerals, so we couldn’t wait to visit Merry Christmas Mine and the Pendarvis Historic Site. But we quickly learned that the main attraction today isn’t zinc, it’s art. There’s weaving, potting, acting, singing, sculpting and glass making, not to mention cheese making. Don’t laugh - the cheese that comes out of Hook’s is art in and of itself! We discovered one of the great opera houses left in Wisconsin, the most friendly mailman you’ll ever meet, and the only library we’ve ever been in that encourages graffiti. All that and so much more in this charming, hospitable and well preserved community. (2 of 13)
WEB LINK
202 TH 10/02/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Kenosha We love Kenosha, and this episode! So many “firsts” for us here: first civil war museum, first velodrome, first trolley car, first dinosaur, first visit to Tenuta’s and the first time John played on a ladies bocce ball team! The rebirth of downtown Kenosha is nothing short of invigorating. And even though we were hot (average temp when we shot was 104), we were enchanted as well. There’s nowhere else that you’ll find an artist in a light house, a couple selling tuxedos and Hawaiian shirts, a charter boatload of Illinois fisherman and the communications director of Jockey International talking incessantly with such excitement about underwear! And it all works! (3 of 13)
WEB LINK
203 TH 10/09/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Waupaca Chain of Lakes There’s nothing like going “up north” in Wisconsin in summer. And where is that, exactly? It may be different for you, but when John McGivern was a kid, ”up north” was where his family would vacation. So for this episode, John goes back to Waupaca Chain of Lakes and finds it as relaxing and friendly as ever. We found idyllic cottages along the banks and boats of all kinds in the water. And the people who own them… they are so lucky! In Waupaca (that’s a city), discover charming businesses like Freckled Frogg and Furniture by Todd. In King (that’s a town), be moved at the Veterans Home. In Rural (another town), visit with a life-long resident, and at Camp Onaway (that’s an island), envy the joy of youth. Summer in Wisconsin doesn’t’ get any better than this! (4 of 13)
WEB LINK
204 TH 10/16/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Walker's Point Walker’s Point is by far the most diverse place we’ve been. Seriously! Just try to find another community that has a blues bar, a roof top garden overlooking a giant four-sided clock, a distillery, the best boutique hotel in the country, countless restaurants, one of John’s favorite stores, a 350 pound city founder, and a horse stable! See? You can’t. We loved the people and the feel of Walker’s Point, and John Gurda loved that he didn’t have to study even one bit to tell us the history! And the fact that we were in our own backyard made the whole experience comfortable, easy and too much fun! (5 of 13)
WEB LINK
205 TH 10/23/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Neenah On the northwest bank of Lake Winnebago in the Fox Valley, we were thrilled to explore the idyllic community of Neenah. How can you pass up a community that bills itself as the world headquarters of world headquarters? And even if that title can’t be proven, Neenah is proof that even though industry changes, communities can reinvent themselves. Both Johns get schooled in this episode – John Gurda learned about the paper potentates, and John McGivern goes to 8th grade math class. We found paper weights, music and manhole covers galore, and of course John eats well yet again. We’re pretty sure that Rapunzel lives in Neenah, and East Wisconsin Avenue has some of the best real estate we’ve ever seen. Such an attractive community! (6 of 13)
WEB LINK
206 TH 10/30/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST