11 Apr 2014

Blu on blue

Blu on blue

I never knew much about Denim Day until this year when I interviewed a woman for OnMilwaukee.com named Dawn Helmrich, cialis a sexual abuse survivor who is responsible for launching Denim Day in Milwaukee. Denim Day was started after a woman in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. The man was originally convicted, nurse […]

5 Apr 2014

So many strings attached: chatting with violinists

So many strings attached: chatting with violinists

The first time Pat stepped foot in the Pfister Hotel was in 1968, store and she was immediately smitten. She came to Milwaukee from Cleveland to audition to be a violinist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the auditions took place in the space which is now Blu on the top floor of the hotel. […]

31 Mar 2014

Forever a Pfister family

Forever a Pfister family

I have one month left as the Pfister Narrator, find and so, I am enjoying the final days, looking ahead to my future endeavors and reflecting on the beauty of what’s passed. One of my favorite aspects of this year is how deeply and richly my family was touched by the Pfister Hotel. My partner, […]

27 Mar 2014

A book, a goodbye and a letter to Guido

A book, a goodbye and a letter to Guido

Last night was the official release of the book created by resident artists Stephanie Barenz and I. Called “The Carriers,” the book features 28 of Steph’s gorgeous paintings and the stories I wrote about each. It is available at the Pfister Hotel gift shop. The evening was also a farewell party for Stephanie who will […]

19 Mar 2014

Repartee with a librarian

Repartee with a librarian

I always wanted to be a librarian. It started when I was a kid, going to the East Side Library in Milwaukee, and enviously watching the librarians stamp book after book. It looked like so much fun: pressing the stamper with the raised backwards letters and numbers on the ink pad and then carefully pressing […]

14 Mar 2014

Tea time with steampunks

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Tea time with steampunks

The Pfister Hotel is a natural setting – both aesthetically and historically – for a Milwaukee Steampunk Society outing. Hence, salve when 36 members of the group spent last Sunday afternoon at the hotel, it was a perfect fit and a visual feast. The group, all of whom were dressed in elaborate steampunk attire, went […]