6th - Molly Snyder

Pfister familiar faces

As the Pfister Narrator, I’ve had the chance to meet people from all over the world including Cambodia, Germany and California. One of my favorite things to do is watch guests from afar and wonder where they are from and why they are at the Pfister before I approach…

16 Apr 8:23 PM 0 Read More...

Luckily, he has a sense of humor

When I found out that Brian was staying at the Pfister on business from Nashville – a place I’ve never been but have on my Bucket List – I was full of questions. Unfortunately, the majority of them were, accidentally, stereotypes.

Whoops.

I start by asking him if he likes music…

15 Apr 12:55 PM 0 Read More...

Blu on blue

I never knew much about Denim Day until this year when I interviewed a woman for OnMilwaukee.com named Dawn Helmrich, 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…

11 Apr 1:07 PM 0 Read More...

So many strings attached: chatting with violinists

The first time Pat stepped foot in the Pfister Hotel was in 1968, 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…

05 Apr 5:20 PM 0 Read More...

Forever a Pfister family

I have one month left as the Pfister Narrator, 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…

31 Mar 10:45 PM 0 Read More...

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…

27 Mar 7:35 PM 0 Read More...

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…

19 Mar 12:57 PM 0 Read More...

Tea time with steampunks

The Pfister Hotel is a natural setting – both aesthetically and historically – for a Milwaukee Steampunk Society outing. Hence, 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…

14 Mar 8:32 PM 3 Read More...

A blog within a blog

My full-time job is as a writer for OnMilwaukee.com. This week is Hotel Week on OnMilwaukee.com and so, aptly, I wrote a blog about my experiences as the Pfister Narrator. Here it is.

Last spring, I was selected as the Pfister Hotel’s sixth Pfister Narrator. Prior…

14 Mar 1:19 PM 0 Read More...

Mason Street's most loyal customer

Pam stops in at Mason Street Grill for a meal twice a month – sometimes more – often for the Happy Hour specials, but not always. She loves the flat bread, the steak forks and the mushroom forks – which are on the $5 happy hour menu – as well as the steak and…

04 Mar 5:08 PM 0 Read More...

Happiness is a human connection

Whether or not life is a series of coincidences, random happenings or something even more divine is the biggest existential question people have contemplated since the beginning of time.

I have pondered this on and off my entire adult life and recently, I’ve been in this phase of questioning…

24 Feb 1:47 PM 0 Read More...

Schnitzel and Pfister friendships

Recently, I wrote about a unique evening I hosted with Pfister artist Stephanie Barenz and the hotel’s executive chef, Brian Frakes, called “The Gathering Of The Senses.”

The event invited the public to sign up for an evening of paint instruction, travel stories and a five-course, travel-inspired…

18 Feb 12:58 PM 0 Read More...

Soaring through happy hour with flight attendants

As flight attendants, Jamie and Quin land all over the country. Including, recently, in Milwaukee.

I met them during Happy Hour at Mason Street Grill and asked them what, if anything, they like about Brew City.

“The Public Market,” Quin says immediately. “I love it. Love the gourmet food. I…

14 Feb 11:05 AM 0 Read More...

Channeling Elvis

On June 28, 1974, the legendary Elvis Presley performed at the Arena in Milwaukee (which is now the U.S. Cellular Arena). That night, after the concert, Elvis stayed at the Pfister Hotel.

The story behind his visit is amusing. On April 25, a little more than two months prior…

04 Feb 4:42 PM 1 Read More...

Strangers become friends over food, paint and travel stories

Last week, artist-in-residence Stephanie Barenz, executive chef Brian Frakes and I hosted an evening of painting, eating and travel story telling. Nine people attended the event, called “Gathering Of The Senses,” which took place in Stephanie’s studio.

Each participant submitted a photo from a recent vacation to…

30 Jan 12:21 PM 4 Read More...

Would you put this in your coffee?

In my eight months as the Pfister Narrator, I’ve learned a lot about traveling, hotels, art, people and, just last night, trends in coffee.

I sat down next to Ron and Jonathan in the Lobby Bar and noticed they were both enjoying tall, black coffees. We started chatting and…

22 Jan 2:41 PM 0 Read More...

Our art-related stories

On Friday night, Pfister artist in residence Stephanie Barenz and I hosted a storytelling event in the Rouge Ballroom in conjunction with Gallery Night. Nine local artists told 5-minute stories around the theme of art. The audience picked the winner – Anja Notanja Sieger – who won a night at the…

19 Jan 8:47 PM 0 Read More...

Discussing dentistry: from the art of whitening to biting down on that goop

For the second year in a row, the Pfister hosted employees of Henry Schein, a worldwide distributor of medical, dental and veterinary supplies. Although the company is based in New York, the dental headquarters are in West Allis, which is what brings the workers to Wisconsin.

Last night at the…

15 Jan 2:21 PM 0 Read More...

She wrote me a letter

Last week, I walked into the Pfister lobby and I was told by Ken at the front desk that I had a letter. A letter! I love letters!

Turns out, a woman who was just passing through the hotel for one evening had seen me on the recent Pfister documentary…

12 Jan 7:42 PM 1 Read More...

Pfister friends provide post-fire kindness

It seems to me that almost everyone I meet has a story about the Pfister Hotel. Take Don Sefton, for example.

Don lives in Seattle with his husband and works as a senior event manager for Thomas Douglas Catering. I first contacted him this summer because I am writing an…

07 Jan 1:32 PM 0 Read More...

32 years ago tonight ...

A Facebook friend – who I do not know in real life – just sent me a message that, with her permission, I am sharing.

Her message read “New Year’s Eve is always a special anniversary for my husband and I. Every year he whispers in my ear ‘today is our…

31 Dec 3:55 PM 0 Read More...

The case of the missing fruit plate

Once every few blue moons, I seem to be in the right place at the right time.

Christmas Eve was one of those nights. I came to the Pfister for a couple of hours before a holiday party and drifted around from the Lobby Bar to the lobby to Blu…

31 Dec 2:35 PM 0 Read More...

Parents need Date Nights, too

Date night. This is one of my favorite word combos in the English language. The phrase conjures all sort of warm, fuzzy images of candlelight, silver movie screens, red wine rings on paper napkins and hands brushing hands.

It was obvious to me that Amy and Patrick – snuggled up on…

24 Dec 4:41 AM 0 Read More...

'Twas the night before Pfist-mas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the Pfister
a few creatures were stirring,
some misses, some misters.
 

 
The stockings were hung
without a single demand
and stuffed with the sounds
from the piano man’s hands.
 

 
A few guests were asleep
in pillow-topped…

18 Dec 6:08 PM 0 Read More...

From facelifts to world peace: What Pfister guests want for the holidays

A couple of nights ago, I went to the Pfister’s Lobby Bar and Blu and randomly asked visitors and guests what they wanted for the holidays.

“You know, if I were Santa or Oprah and the sky was the limit,” I said.

I was surprised, amused and touched by…

15 Dec 5:11 PM 1 Read More...
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