Even though Rick grew up in Milwaukee, he said he had never walked down this street. Actually our stroll was only about four or five blocks, so we only saw a small portion of Vliet Street.
The Art Walk is sponsored annually by the Vliet Street Business Association which has worked over the years to reinvent the street, attract destination businesses, and promote art and arts events. Vliet Street, on Milwaukee's west side between 43rd and 62nd Streets, is now the location of commercial clusters, meeting places, and unique shops, restaurants, and services.
Some of the places we stopped included the Nomad Art Gallery where I took part in the creation of a "communal canvas." I'm not much of an artist, but it was a great deal of fun to try my hand at painting. And here's the result. . .
|I call this "Cherry Tree." Anticipation of a future adventure this summer was my inspiration.|
|I like to look for the "Local First" logo in Milwaukee-area shops.|
It's as good as seeing the Dane Buy Local decal in establishments in Dane County and the seven counties that surround it.
|We were treated to performances by guitar students of Neil Davis.|
|Fortunately for us, the weather cooperated and it was a sunny evening - a|
perfect time for strolling down the street.
|It took a while to get into the Expo Hall, but once we|
were in, there was no waiting to get samples of beer,
cheese, sausage, and other goodies.
|3 Sheeps Brewing Company is from Sheboygan. The name is a play on|
"three sheets to the wind" (an expression to say that one has indulged just a
bit too much) with a Wisconsin agricultural edge thrown in.
One of my favorites at the festival was a Bloody Mary made with Jimmy Luv's mix from Milwaukee. We appreciate bars that use the mix to make their Bloody Marys. It's flavorful and the Bloody Mary is so much better than one made with just tomato juice and the various seasonings.
Lots of breweries were represented at "Stein & Dine" and we sampled from just about every one of them.
|Titletown from Green Bay is a favorite. We like to stop|
at the brew pub for burgers and a beer when we're in the Green Bay area.
I liked the fudge cheese that is made by Scott's of Wisconsin right here outside of Madison in Sun Prairie. What's not to like about a combination of chocolate and cheese?
Another favorite is the cheese made by the Weyauwega Cheese Company. We have been known to drive nearly 100 miles to buy their cheese. Rick especially likes the packs with assorted cheese and sausage bites. We learned that the packs are only sold at the store in Weyauwega.
Even close to home Wisconsin wanderers can usually find something fun to do on the weekend and we are glad that Milwaukee has much to offer.