8 Apr 2018

Turtle Soup and Cheeky Friends, 1914

Turtle Soup and Cheeky Friends, 1914

January 29, 1914 Tonight I accompanied Fred to the annual Metal Trades and Founders Association Banquet at the Hotel Pfister. I wore a new dress, silk like watery jade, and the emu-feathered hat from Christmas.  I’ve always adored the Hotel Pfister.  It’s so grand, as magnificent as the hotels we stayed in on our last […]

22 Feb 2018

A Day to Remember the Chandeliers

A Day to Remember the Chandeliers

I adore chandeliers. I maintain that they belong in campers and bathrooms, nurseries and libraries. I don’t believe a chandelier can ever be “too much”. I extol their sparkle, their glamour, their unabashed opulence. I love being fancy for no good reason. Today was “Chandelier Cleaning Day” at the Pfister. I have no idea how […]

1 Oct 2017

Doors Open at the Pfister

Doors Open at the Pfister

Doors Open Milwaukee was last weekend, a chance to explore behind-the-scenes of more than 150 buildings throughout the city. Peter Mortensen, Chief Concierge and Historian at the Pfister, gave the presentation at Doors Open. Peter has worked here for 31 years, and he’s a treasure. Something I particularly love about Peter is his extensive vocabulary—it’s […]

20 Aug 2017

How the Pfister’s Incredible Art Collection Strengthened My Marriage (Or At Least Got Us Out of the House Sans Toddlers and Goldfish Crackers)

How the Pfister’s Incredible Art Collection Strengthened My Marriage (Or At Least Got Us Out of the House Sans Toddlers and Goldfish Crackers)

I treasure date nights.  With four children aged four and younger, a typical evening in our home can feel like a freefall into chaos.  Date nights whisper to us that we are still sane adults in love who can have a conversation that doesn’t involve repeating, “We are leaving in two minutes.  Did you hear […]

26 Oct 2016

PLUME SERVICE: Bringing the Art to Life

PLUME SERVICE: Bringing the Art to Life

If these walls could talk… Over 80 Victorian paintings and other art pieces grace the walls of The Pfister Hotel, an impressive art collection worth more than the original cost of the Hotel in 1893.  It is considered to be the largest collection of Victorian art in any hotel in the world.  Each art piece […]

23 Jun 2015

Wine Is on My Side, Yes it Is

Wine Is on My Side, Yes it Is

You may or may not have heard that there is a group of AARP eligible musicians playing in Milwaukee tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater. And lest you think that I’m hobnobbing with Mick Jagger, sales Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood right now, fear not. Those cats are too cool to hang out with […]