Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Last things first.
South Milwaukee's Mustard Pickers' dulcimer-player extraordinaire and spokesman, Don Lawson, asked not long ago to have an announcement he wrote posted on My Community Now blogs. The final sentence of his announcement, however, contained what I thought was the coolest news. Here it is:
"The band has something new... A new CD. It's 50 minutes of lively music recorded at a "party" gig back in January. The CD is titled "Freeze Britches" because the gig location was up in Wisconsin's north woods. If you buy a CD at the Pullin' O the Green (Sunday, March 15, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Grant Park Golf Clubhouse, adults $10, kids $3), the band will donate the profits to Friends of Grant Park."
I've listened to the CD and can attest that it's great! So here's the rest of Don's announcement"
"St. Patrick's Day is approaching, and where can you mark the day without putting a big hole in your wallet? Consider going to The Pullin' O' the Green, on Sunday March 15th.
"The event is promoted as 'South Milwaukee's best Irish party.' Actually, it's probably the best St. Pat's Day party south of the Hoan Bridge, and, with admission at $10 (kids $3), it's definitely the least expensive.
"The event is at Grant Park's Golf Course Clubhouse, 100 Hawthorne Ave, South Milwaukee. Food and drink (soda or beer) will be served starting at 5:00 p.m., and the live music goes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
"The event is a fundraiser to support projects which preserve and restore Grant Park. The food-and-drink aspect is handled by The Friends of Grant Park. The music is provided by The Garlic Mustard Pickers, which is the local non-profit that literally has its roots in Grant Park.
"The Pullin' O' the Green was first held in 2004. This year's event differs from previous events in several ways.
"The date has been shifted to Sunday to allow more time for food preparation. By starting the cooking on Saturday, the stew and soup will have a great 'home cooked' taste.
The menu is being expanded to offer corned beef and cabbage."
If you can't wait 'til Sunday to get your Garlic Mustard Pickers fix, the band is performing the night before at:
5133 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy
Reservations are recommended: 414-747-9800
Band performs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
And it's playing again on Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day itself, at:
Carlton Grange Pub
3807 S. Packard Avenue, St. Francis (just north of Howard Ave)
The band plays from 6 to 8 p.m.
All three performances are in smoke-free settings and good food and the band's CD will be available for sale.