TIM & TOM'S CHEESE IN KENOSHA, WISCONSIN
After our visit to Milwaukee and now on our way to Libertyville to see Deecat, we made a little pit stop to a couple of "Wisconsin Cheese" Outlets. One was TIM & TOM'S CHEESE located on 2614 120th Ave. Kenosha. Just as you walk in, there is a display table with free samples of cheese spreads and crackers. Of course I had to try the different spreads. The Merkst Sharp Cheddar was delicious.
Tim & Tom's also specialize in gift boxes. For example there was #509 "Best of Wisconsin" which includes 1 lb. Cranberry White Cheddar, 8 oz. Merkts Sharp Cheddar, 9 oz. Old Wisconsin Beef summer sausage, 9 oz. Old Wisconsin Beef garlic summer sausage, 1 lb. aged Cheddar round and 8 oz. dried cranberries. This package sold for $45.00 and if you wanted it shipped add another $13.25
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MARS ' CHEESE CASTLE
The second and more popular cheese outlet was MARS' CHEESE CASTLE which was located at 2800 120th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin. This was a HUGE place, with a tremendous amount of products available, including cheeses, wine, specialty chocolates, sausages, specialty groceries, souvenirs and gifts. Mars Cheese Castle has been in business for over 45 years.
They also specialize in boxed gifts such as: "Around Wisconsin" which is advertised as a full pound of eating pleasure. Nestled around a 10 oz. shape of Wisconsin made entirely of Mild Cheddar, is a flavourful quartet consisting of 4 oz. each of Colby, Super Sharp Cheddar, Edam and Brick. This package (#P8809) was priced at $20.50.
Open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Bike the Oak Leaf Trail
Some locals don't even know this exists. Most don't know how truly huge it is. About 90 miles of mixed-use paths make up the Oak Leaf Trail. The sections nearest to where I live go past the Milwaukee river. One of the most popular sections runs along the lake, past beaches, parks and incredible buildings. The trail also connects to Lakeshore State Park and the Hank Aaron State Trail, both great places to bike.
Check out this link for a map:
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Around the area of interstate 94, there is a shrine to Fatima. It is a very peaceful spot with a nice garden. If you get a change, it is a nice, tranquil spot to visit in the middle of a hectic West Milwaukee/Wauwatosa neighborhood.
Milwaukee's Holocaust Memorial
I like the design - by Claire Lieberman - of Milwaukee's Holocaust Memorial, but I don't think it's very well "sited" - it is in a nook on busy Prospect Avenue, and very easily overlooked by passing traffic. The actual location is the Helfaer Community Service Building - at 1360 N. Prospect, a center for educational and social activities for the local Jewish community.
Moreover, the names of the camps are placed so that they can only be read once you are "in the middle" of the memorial.
Perhaps a different - more accessible - location would reach more people.
- Arts and Culture
"The Volunteer" - Statue
"The Volunteer" is a statue honoring veterans of the Spanish-American War that stands in the Soldier's Home Historic District. This was the war that Teddy Roosevelt and his "Roughriders" took part in. A marker at the foot of the statue reads:
He stood at the curb reflecting
As the boys were marching by,
He heard the drums, then saw the flag,
And a gleam was in his eye.
He loved that starry banner,
He had no wish for gain,
A grievious thought upon his mind
Was the sinking of the Maine.
Then he kissed his gentle mother,
As he wiped away her tears,
And proudly joined the ranks
Of the marching Volunteers.
He was eager for the conflict,
Prepared for any fate,
'Twas the universal spirit,
With the boys of Ninety-Eight.
- Historical Travel
Milwaukee Soldier's Home -- Old Main
Milwaukee's Soldier's Home is one of the legacies of the US Civil War, as it was created under the auspices of the 1865 "National Asylum for Disabled Soldiers Act," one of the last pieces of legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln before his assassination. Former soldiers from the war first moved onto this site in 1867, forming the nucleus of a community that served as a pioneer for Veteran's Services for the entire country.
The Old Main building pictured here was constructed in the opulent "Second Empire" style at the enormous cost of $211,000, and opened in 1869. At its peak of activity, it was the home to nearly 1000 men. It continued to house veterans all the way down to the 1980s.
The Soldier's Home Historic District was included in the most recent list of the "Top Ten Most Endangered Sites" by the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation. Efforts are underway to save the site by turning it into a historic park and museum. Let's hope they manage to preserve, restore, and re-use this important example of 19th century design.
Located just off National Avenue at US 41, adjacent to Miller Park.
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Milwaukee's Water Tower Place
Just like Chicago's? Just and no - the design of the Water Towers in both cities is similar: both reflecting late 19th century "American Gothic" ideals. But while Chicago's Water Tower is in the middle of bustling North Michigan Avenue, Milwaukee's Water Tower is in a residential neighborhood.
Apple picking in Wisconsin
One of my favorite things to do in the Milwaukee area is go apple-picking every autumn. We always pick our own--it's much more rewarding to have homemade apple pies from apples you've picked yourself. Plus it's an excuse to climb trees, as my sister did in this picture. :) This is at The Apple Barn Orchard near Elkhorn, Wisconsin (about an hour west of Milwaukee).
A bumper crop!
The apple crop was terrific in 2001, when this picture was taken. These are Gala apples, but my favorite variety is the Cortland. It's a little tart, but great for both eating fresh and baking into pies, apple crisps, apple dumplings, etc.
Located in the stretch of Wisconsin Avenue between the Pabst Mansion and the Brumder Mansion, the Tripoli Shrine was designed to resemble the Taj Mahal. It was the first Shrine Temple in Wisconsin, opened in 1928.
Most people who live in the US probably best know the Shriners from either their appearances in parades zipping around on minature motorized vehicles wearing their trademark red fezes or from the Shriner's Circus.
I honestly didn't know much about the Shriners besides that, the attached website says that the Shrine was founded in 1872, originally as a social club which later developed into a charitable organization that raises money to provide medical care for children free of charge.
Located at 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
Located several blocks west of the Pabst Mansion on the same street is the Brumder Mansion. At the time it was built in 1910, the area where these mansions stood was the city's most desirable neighborhood. George Brumder, a wealthy businessman who made his fortune in publishing and banking, built this brick English arts and crafts mansion for his son, George Jr.
By the 1920s-1930s, this was no longer the place to live and many of the mansions were knocked down. This mansion survived and was used as a boarding house, a parsonage, and activity center for the Lutheran Church as well as a Christian coffee house and live music venue called The Catacombs in the 1960s.
It is now a bed and breakfast, the rooms look lovely on the attached website.
Located at 3046 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Teddy Roosevelt was shot here
In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Miwaukee when he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. I had never heard about this story until I visited Milwaukee and happened across this plaque in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.
TR was locked in a three-way campaign for the US presidency with Woodrow Wilson and the sitting President, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt's campaign had brought him to Miwaukee to give a major campaign speech at the Hotel Kilpatrck, located where the Hyatt stands today. As Roosevelt walked to the hotel, a crazed gunman pulled out a revolver and shot him at close range. The only thing that saved him was the fact that he was carrying the manuscript of his speech that evening close to his chest - the 50 page text slowed the bullet and preevented it from entering his heart.
- Historical Travel
A bit of 15th century France in Milwaukee
On the Marquette University campus, you will find an unlikely sight, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel, a lovely 15th century French stone chapel (Chappelle de St. Martin), which was moved stone by stone from Chasse, France to Long Island NY in 1927. In the 1960s the chapel was again dismantled and shipped to Marquette's Milwaukee campus.
The chapel contains a stone on which Joan of Arc prayed before leading her countrymen into battle against the English in 1429. We didn't go inside the chapel as it was already closed but it appears that you can go inside.
On Marquette University's campus, just east of 16th Avenue and south of Wisconsin Avenue.
The Polonia Fountain
This beautiful fountain is on the south side of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. It serves as a testament to the fact that Milwaukee has one of the larger Polish emigrant populations in the world. The piece is by Edmund Lewandowski, and a nearby plaque explains "The Spirit of Polonia is portrayed by these circular symbols: our society, our hopes, our concerns, and our love of freedom."
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