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10.1 Prairie Du Chien This is an old river town, so sometimes it’s tough to sort the facts from the myths. Ghosts in old jails, fish that fall from the sky on New Year’s Eve that people kiss, grannies who play basketball, and a man that makes jerky out of just about every creature he catches: Only in Prairie du Chien are those things facts. John eats, shops, quilts, plays cards, gazes at the Mississippi, and goes to Mass at the oldest Catholic parish in Wisconsin. John Gurda told us that Prairie du Chien means “field of the dog.” Since John McGivern took Spanish in high school instead of French, he thought it meant “a prairie of chins.” See why we need John Gurda? (6 of 14)
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306 TH 07/17/14 07:00pm 00:29:17 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Cudahy As John Gurda put it, some communities bring home the bacon, but Cudahy makes the bacon! It was true when Patrick Cudahy put this town on the map – literally – and it’s still true today. Speaking of bacon, know what else John McGivern loves about Cudahy? It offers some of the best scenery and pastimes that Wisconsin has to offer. Trap shooting, archery, bird watching, golf and some of the best trails along Lake Michigan all co-exist in Sheridan Park. And speaking of one-of-a-kind attractions, wait until you see Dretska’s! It’s so great! And speaking of great, the art in Rick Serocki’s yard is just that. Enough speaking! Start watching. Like us, you won’t be able to resist this place that was once known as “Porkapolis!” (7 of 14)
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307 TH 07/24/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Wausau Wausau is our first “half-and-half” community – we shot half of the episode in the winter when it was zero degrees, and the other half in the summer when it was 100! But with extreme temperatures came extreme fun. John didn’t know of the many things there are to do in Wausau that start with “snow.” You can tube, board, shoe, sculpt, mobile, ball and cone (think about it…). And then there’s “ice” – skate, fish, race, curl and cream (that one was easier). And of course in summer, when all that melts, you have rushing waters perfect for kayaking and a mountain (well, a big hill really) perfect for hiking, biking and exploring. But we didn’t stay outside for the whole episode. It’s comfortable year round at Carmelo’s Supper Club, the Woodside Art Museum, Bull Falls Brewery, The Grand Theatre and Back When Cafe. This episode has the distinction of being the most heavily “McGiverned” episode yet – it’s just about bursting with McGiverns! (8 of 14)
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308 TH 07/31/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Chippewa Falls Chippewa Falls’ roots are literally roots – of the white pines that fed the world’s largest lumber mill and put Chippewa Falls on the map. Well, the lumberjacks may be gone, but John learned very quickly that the hard working, harder playing character of Chippewa Falls is still alive and well. Know what else he learned? Leinenhkugels started here in 1867 to serve the thirsty lumberjacks. The supercomputer was invented here by Seymour Cray. The largest dog park and the second oldest zoo in Wisconsin both call this city home. And the Yellowstone Trail runs right through Chippewa Falls. Right? John was impressed, too. But as you probably know by now, John isn’t most impressed by just the facts. It’s the residents that put the smile on his face - and the knowledge that he didn’t have to have a membership to get into the local supper club! As this episode shows, Chippewa Falls is not for members only – it’s for everybody!
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309 TH 08/07/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
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!
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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
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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!
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312 TH 08/28/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 King Drive John McGivern visits historic King Drive. From Little League baseball players to senior citizens, everyone keeps busy on MLK Drive. From Glorious Malones Sausage on the south end, all the way north to the Clinton Rose Senior Center; in-between John explores neighborhood icons like Fein Brothers, Crown Hardware and Reader’s Choice. He meets business owners at Flair Hair Design and Sogals Cafe. He finds faith at All People’s Church, hope at Hope School and love at HeartLove Place--and much more, all on King Drive. Some people still call this 3rd street. John calls it “resilient”! (6 of 13)
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106 SA 07/19/14 11:00am 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Burlington Step out of the city and join John McGivern in Burlington, a place where baseball, burgers and sailing are the pastimes of choice. John wishes you could smell this episode, because Burlington smells sweet--like chocolate! He meets Fred and his world famous burgers, experienced true community theatre; and, John soon realizes he is not a construction worker, but could be a car salesman! With Brown’s Lake right there, John couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live on a lake in the summer. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this! (7 of 13)
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107 SA 07/19/14 10:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Burlington Step out of the city and join John McGivern in Burlington, a place where baseball, burgers and sailing are the pastimes of choice. John wishes you could smell this episode, because Burlington smells sweet--like chocolate! He meets Fred and his world famous burgers, experienced true community theatre; and, John soon realizes he is not a construction worker, but could be a car salesman! With Brown’s Lake right there, John couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live on a lake in the summer. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this! (7 of 13)
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107 SA 07/26/14 11:00am 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Brady Street You’re going to love this episode, because everyone loves Brady Street! John Gurda explains how this historic neighborhood developed into a “live local” haven with extremely loyal residents. Nowhere else will you find longstanding icons Glorioso’s, Sciortino’s, Roman Coin, and Wolski’s next door to newcomers like Thai-namite, Hybrid and Dry Hootch. At Zaffiro’s and Cempazuchi’s John could have spent the whole episode eating, but he shops and visits, too, because the unique people and places on Brady Street can’t be found anywhere else. He explores vintage goods at Dragon Fly, Art Smart Dart Mart, Fabrizio Capelli Salon, Saints and Sinners Tattoo Co.; and, talks with Father Tim at Three Holy Women. What a place! It all fits on Brady Street because it is “Wide Open”. (8 of 13)
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108 SA 07/26/14 10:00pm 00:28:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Brady Street You’re going to love this episode, because everyone loves Brady Street! John Gurda explains how this historic neighborhood developed into a “live local” haven with extremely loyal residents. Nowhere else will you find longstanding icons Glorioso’s, Sciortino’s, Roman Coin, and Wolski’s next door to newcomers like Thai-namite, Hybrid and Dry Hootch. At Zaffiro’s and Cempazuchi’s John could have spent the whole episode eating, but he shops and visits, too, because the unique people and places on Brady Street can’t be found anywhere else. He explores vintage goods at Dragon Fly, Art Smart Dart Mart, Fabrizio Capelli Salon, Saints and Sinners Tattoo Co.; and, talks with Father Tim at Three Holy Women. What a place! It all fits on Brady Street because it is “Wide Open”. (8 of 13)
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108 SA 08/02/14 11:00am 00:28:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Racine John McGivern visits a community with big appeal: Racine. As a matter of fact, this city is full of big things. John finds that the tractors at CNH and the choices at Milaeger’s are big. The lure of North Beach is even bigger, and the calories are the biggest! Historian John Gurda explains that contrary to popular belief, the word Racine does not mean kringle. But it should, because every bakery makes it. John samples the kringle at both O&H and Bendtsen's Bakery. There are a lot of big entertainment choices, too, including The Racine Zoo, the Racine Art Museum, the Racine Symphony Orchestra and the Racine Theatre Guild. This is the only episode that has soup, atomic fireballs, glass blowers, Kewpie dolls and a ghost! Racine--“it’s all here”! (9 of 13)
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109 SA 08/02/14 10:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Racine John McGivern visits a community with big appeal: Racine. As a matter of fact, this city is full of big things. John finds that the tractors at CNH and the choices at Milaeger’s are big. The lure of North Beach is even bigger, and the calories are the biggest! Historian John Gurda explains that contrary to popular belief, the word Racine does not mean kringle. But it should, because every bakery makes it. John samples the kringle at both O&H and Bendtsen's Bakery. There are a lot of big entertainment choices, too, including The Racine Zoo, the Racine Art Museum, the Racine Symphony Orchestra and the Racine Theatre Guild. This is the only episode that has soup, atomic fireballs, glass blowers, Kewpie dolls and a ghost! Racine--“it’s all here”! (9 of 13)
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109 SA 08/09/14 11:00am 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)
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110 SA 08/09/14 10:05pm 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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113 SA 08/30/14 10:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Prairie Du Chien This is an old river town, so sometimes it’s tough to sort the facts from the myths. Ghosts in old jails, fish that fall from the sky on New Year’s Eve that people kiss, grannies who play basketball, and a man that makes jerky out of just about every creature he catches: Only in Prairie du Chien are those things facts. John eats, shops, quilts, plays cards, gazes at the Mississippi, and goes to Mass at the oldest Catholic parish in Wisconsin. John Gurda told us that Prairie du Chien means “field of the dog.” Since John McGivern took Spanish in high school instead of French, he thought it meant “a prairie of chins.” See why we need John Gurda? (6 of 14)
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306 TH 07/17/14 07:00pm 00:29:17 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Cudahy As John Gurda put it, some communities bring home the bacon, but Cudahy makes the bacon! It was true when Patrick Cudahy put this town on the map – literally – and it’s still true today. Speaking of bacon, know what else John McGivern loves about Cudahy? It offers some of the best scenery and pastimes that Wisconsin has to offer. Trap shooting, archery, bird watching, golf and some of the best trails along Lake Michigan all co-exist in Sheridan Park. And speaking of one-of-a-kind attractions, wait until you see Dretska’s! It’s so great! And speaking of great, the art in Rick Serocki’s yard is just that. Enough speaking! Start watching. Like us, you won’t be able to resist this place that was once known as “Porkapolis!” (7 of 14)
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307 TH 07/24/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Wausau Wausau is our first “half-and-half” community – we shot half of the episode in the winter when it was zero degrees, and the other half in the summer when it was 100! But with extreme temperatures came extreme fun. John didn’t know of the many things there are to do in Wausau that start with “snow.” You can tube, board, shoe, sculpt, mobile, ball and cone (think about it…). And then there’s “ice” – skate, fish, race, curl and cream (that one was easier). And of course in summer, when all that melts, you have rushing waters perfect for kayaking and a mountain (well, a big hill really) perfect for hiking, biking and exploring. But we didn’t stay outside for the whole episode. It’s comfortable year round at Carmelo’s Supper Club, the Woodside Art Museum, Bull Falls Brewery, The Grand Theatre and Back When Cafe. This episode has the distinction of being the most heavily “McGiverned” episode yet – it’s just about bursting with McGiverns! (8 of 14)
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308 TH 07/31/14 07:00pm 00:29:16 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Chippewa Falls 309 TH 08/07/14 07:00pm 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