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.
Kiddie bike and costume parades, wheelbarrow and shoe scramble races, ice cream and Cracker Jacks, bouncy games, brats and beer, and live music.
The annual South Milwaukee Fourth of July fun at Grant Park went off as successfully usual, thanks to the South Milwaukee Parks & Rec Department, Fire and Police departments, volunteers with numerous organizations, including Friends of Grant Park, Friends of Mill Pond, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. But no thanks to the County of Milwaukee. Yet another victim of County budget cuts.
Wish I'd taken pictures--especially of the kid on Rollerblades in the costume parade who came in 7th behind at least three look-alike Betsy Ross's. Oh well. At least the kids had fun--except for the few who screamed and cried in protest as their parents dragged, cajoled and prodded them to participate in the parades. Now that made me wonder who the parades were supposed to be for.
So a huge THANKS to all of the municipal workers and volunteers who helped make this great family-oriented event possible. Sure hope those of us who attended and participated didn't leave too big a mess for someone else to clean up.
I'm looking forward to tonight's fireworks in the park too. And hoping the cleanup from that won't be as onerous as last year. Come on, South Milwaukeeans. We all need to pick up after ourselves.