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Dragon Boat race along city’s lakefront shows value of local water resources

The 6th Annual Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival charged across the lagoon waters of Lakeshore State Park on August 11, showcasing Chinese culture with the traditional boat race. A total of 55 teams registered this year to compete in the lakefront festival. The 43-foot-long dragon-painted watercraft is sometimes referred to as a canoe on steroids. The international sport was revived in Hong Kong in 1976, based on the traditional paddle-driven long boats found in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province. Along the shore of Lake Michigan, teams of up to 21 men and women rowed their...

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Historical designation for George Marshall Clark’s lynching site moves forward after public hearing

The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) hosted a public hearing on August 8 to discuss three nominations for historically significant landmarks, with the 1861 lynching of George Marshall Clark attracting a lot attention and passionate support from the attending crowd. The editorial board of the Milwaukee Independent nominated the George Marshall Clark lynching site in May, for consideration in the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s annual designation of significant landmarks. Award winning columnist Reggie Jackson has previously written about the Clark incident and other related subjects. He also has a special connection to America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Bronzeville and...

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Surf @Water expands community bonds for Milwaukee’s freshwater surfing scene

As a celebration of the Great Lakes surf culture and the primary drive for supporting the Surfrider Foundation-Milwaukee, the 6th annual Surf @Water fundraiser was held on August 4 along Shorewood’s Atwater Beach. Milwaukee is not the first location that comes to mind when talking about catching waves and hanging ten, but it had become an increasingly popular surf destination in the Midwest. Organized by the Surfrider Foundation, Milwaukee’s vibrant freshwater surf community attracted a growing number of interested participants this year for the full day event on the shores of Lake Michigan. Since 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has...

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NEWaukee celebrates 8th annual Urban Island Beach Party with floating lanterns

NEWaukee hosted the 8th annual Urban Island Beach Party at Lakeshore State Park on August 3, with the addition of a floating lantern celebration to support Friends of Lakeshore State Park. At dusk, guests lit and launched floating lanterns into the Lakeshore State Park inlet, along with a wish that suited their desires. For close to a decade, the Urban Island Beach Party has been a free event for the Milwaukee public. All proceeds from food and beverage sales have gone to benefit the Sustain and Maintain campaign for the Friends of Lakeshore State Park, helping the organization preserve...

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Society of Mayflower Descendants honor historic Wisconsin leaders

Several dozen associates of the organization founded by people who can trace their ancestors to the Mayflower, the famous English ship that brought Puritans – known today as Pilgrims – to the New World in 1620, visited their charter members buried at Forest Home Cemetery on July 28. Of the 29 original founding members from the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Wisconsin, 11 are buried in Forest Home Cemetery. In addition, 7 of the organization’s governors have been interred there since 1901. A wreath was placed at the grave of Ellen M. Hayes Peck (1838-1909) as...

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Echelon MKE hosts “Dinner in the Alley” fundraiser for Salvation Army’s homeless initiative

The 3rd Annual “Dinner in the Alley,” hosted by The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County’s Echelon Chapter, was held on July 27 to raise money in support of the organization’s vision to end homelessness. With inclement weather being a factor in previous events, the overhang of Milwaukee City Hall was selected as the location for this year’s gathering. Along with the February event “Red Tie in the Sky,” “Dinner in the Alley” are 2018 fundraising efforts organized by the Echelon group. Their focus is to promote awareness of the services and function of The Salvation Army in Milwaukee, help...

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