Summer 2023 Newsletter
In this chock-full issue...
The Farmers Market is back next month!
Thank you, EPNA sponsors, for funding 'Concerts on the Green.'
Iconic 'Magic Grove' sculpture to get a touch-up.
Bloom and Groom plant sale is coming around again.
PLEASE keep dogs leashed and off the racquet courts.
Cindy and J.D. Thorne honored for long-term extraordinary fundraising.
Here's your chance to hold a 'clearance sale'...
...then take advantage of Dumpster Day to heave the rest of your clutter.
WANTED: July 4 event coordinator-in-training.
We've got the usual old-fashioned Independence Day morning on tap.
Call for EPNA board nominations
Wading pool opens June 21.
The Farmers Market returns next month!
After a three-year hiatus due to COVID, our beloved Farmers Market will return this
summer. The market will run for 10 Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on Father's Day, June 18, and skipping the July 4 weekend.
It's not easy to restart an event like this after a long shutdown. Our Farmers Market Committee members have been working since fall to recruit vendors. So far they have lined up sellers of produce, flowers, meat, sweets, popsicles and salsa. Local artisans will be selling jewelry, candles and other crafts.
The committee also plans to have a food truck, fun activities and/or entertainment weekly at the market, which was established in 2016.
"We are happy to take suggestions for vendors and sponsors," said Committee Chair Linda Tanner. "We are especially looking for volunteers for shifts before and during each Sunday market."
To be added to the volunteer list or offer suggestions, email EnderisParkFarmersMarket@gmail.com.
Thank you, EPNA sponsors, for funding the coming series of Concerts on the Green!
Our summer concert series, now in its 18th year, returns on June 22. For four Thursdays in June, July and August, the park will be filled with music from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, cooler, neighbors and friends to enjoy this year's stellar line-up:
June 22: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, preceded by Charles Barber.
July 13: The Best Westerns, preceded by Tangled Lines Trio.
July 27: The Donna Woodall Group, preceded by Emmett Mulrooney.
August 17: Bockenplautz, preceded by Loud Library.
For more infomation on the performers, visit https://www.enderispark.org/concerts-on-the-green.
This high-quality lineup would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Please try to support these sponsors and thank them for funding Concerts on the Green and all our other EPNA events.
• Bunzel’s Meat Market
• Enderis Park Homes-Cheri Kent
• Laura Ashley State Farm Agency
• Structure Properties
• FOCUS Credit Union
• LUMIN Schools-Pilgrim Lutheran
• Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School
• Metcalfe’s Market
• McBob’s Bar & Grill
• The Thistle and Shamrock
• Play It Again Sports (Brookfield)
• Blamer’s Auto Repair
• Lisbon Storm, Screen and Door
• Imprint Digital Printing & Design
• Wauwatosa Veterinary Clinic
• Kim Nistler Shorewest Realty
• Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church
• Mother of Good Counsel Church & School
• Salon Flo
• Divine Savior Holy Angles High School
• Tosa Yoga Center
• St. Camillus Life Plan Community
• Gathering Place Brewing Company
• Delicious Bites
• Premier Eyes
• Lutheran Home & Harwood Place
• Jean Henning Keller Williams Realty
• Plant Joy
• Village Play Cafe
Be sure to listen to our media sponsor, WMSE 91.7FM, for updates, information and music from our featured performers. Follow us on Facebook@enderisparkconcerts, Twitter@enderisCOTG and Instagram@enderisconcertsonthegreen.
Iconic ‘Magic Grove’ sculpture to get a touch-up Enderis Park’s Magic Grove sculpture will get some TLC this summer to restore it to its full glory. While its three whimsical metal trees still look fine to the casual observer, more than 15 years of exposure to the elements have brought some rust and chipped paint that need attention. So don’t be surprised if, sometime between the start of June and the middle of July, you see the area roped off, with scaffolding around the sculpture. The Magic Grove has been a unique focal point of our neighborhood since December 2006. A delight for people of all ages, the work’s giant, colorful trees welcome everyone who encounters them to our special park. Artist Nancy Metz White designed the trio of welded steel trees, benches,tables and stools to serve as both a symbol of and an actual gathering place. They became the centerpiece of a two-year park renovation project that included the addition of the wading pool, volleyball courts, track, park benches and other amenities. The larger project was made possible by the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works, Enderis Park Neighborhood Association (EPNA), and local businesses and neighborhood groups.Selected over other proposals, the sculpture was funded by a grant from the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and private donations. The sculpture was officially dedicated in May 2007 with a celebration (shown in photo) that included remarks by Alderman Michael Murphy and former Mayor Tom Barrett. Its image was included in a series of neighborhood posters designed by Jan Kotowicz in 2015 as part of historian John Gurda’s book Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods. Sculptor Metz White was an art teacher and lifelong artist who learned to forge flashings recycled from heavy industry at age 45. She also created the sculptures Tree of Life at Bluemound Road and Gen. Mitchell Boulevard, Fantasy Flowers at St. John’s on the Lake, and Helping Hands in Sheboygan. Metz White helped raise the funds for the Magic Grove. After she died in 2018 at age 84, her twin daughters Michele Beaulieux and Jacqueline White remained committed to helping ensure that her work endures. The restoration work is being funded by the Milwaukee Public Schools, City of Milwaukee, EPNA and gifts made in memory of Metz White. It is expected to preserve the sculpture for the next 18 to 20 years. If you would like to designate a gift to support the upkeep of the Magic Grove, now or in the future, visit https://www.enderispark.org/make-a-donation or write to the Enderis Park Neighborhood Association at P.O. Box 100284, Milwaukee WI 53210.
Bloom and Groom Plant Sale will be here soon. Come early -- they go fast!
Saturday, May 20 8:30* to 10:30 a.m. at the park
EPNA and the City of Milwaukee's Neighborhood Improvement District (NIDC) will again be bringing this popular plant sale to EPNA members** and friends. The sale will feature primarily annuals provided by Minor’s Greenhouse.
The goal of Bloom & Groom is to promote neighborhood beautification by encouraging neighbors to purchase high-quality flowering plants at a very reasonable price. By planting them in our yards and flower boxes, we create beautiful streetscapes, enhancing the beauty of each participating residence and our neighborhood.
*No sales prior to 8:30 am **Current EPNA Members will receive a 10% Discount. Cash or check only
PLEASE keep dogs leashed and off the racquet courts.
We love dogs. And we love seeing so many of them walking their people through our neighborhoods. But we strongly request that all dogs be kept on leash as all times. It's the law, and it's very important for the safety and comfort of all. As one neighbor noted in a message to us, "I'm not afraid of dogs myself, but know that many people are. And no matter how well behaved someone thinks their dog is, what about the other dog?
The other big issue: allowing dogs on the tennis/pickleball courts. There are reasons the sign at the gate says "No dogs allowed." The most serious one is that It's believed their nails are doing damage to the specially treated surface of the courts, which MPS recently spent a large sum of money restoring.
We're fortunate to have the Currie small and large dog parks nearby, at 3535 N. Mayfair Road. Currie and other county dog parks are made for off-leash play. Enderis Park is not.
Please: Keep all dogs leashed. And NEVER take them onto the courts.
Cindy and J.D. Thorne receive special 'Champions Award' for many years of outstanding fundraising
Most of us cringe when we’re asked to help with fundraising. Not fun, right? That’s what makes neighbors Cindy and J.D. Thorne exceptional. They actually enjoy raising money. And Enderis Park has benefitted from that rare enthusiasm for more than 20 years.
Since 2005, Cindy and J.D. have raised a large share of the sponsorship dollars that