Saturday, February 16, 2013

North Point Lighthouse at Lake Park and other indoor ideas

Looking for some fun this weekend?  You can always check the county parks facebook page for the latest details on events that are happening now or in the very near future.  The weekend in Milwaukee promises to be cold and clear, but the snow is pretty icy and not very deep, so if you prefer to be indoors, but still having fun at a park, here are a couple of ideas.
Oh the North Point lighthouse!  This is a beautifully restored lighthouse at Lake Park, where the light keeper's cottage is now a small museum.  It is usually only open on weekends - every Saturday from 1-4 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.  It's run by a large group of volunteers who are definitely enthusiasts for the history of this area, as well as maritime history.  If you are lucky to get there when they have time to spin stories, you're in for a treat!  They are currently looking for more volunteers, so if you have a passion for the place, this might be something for you.

They have added a video player to the website which is a live cam from the top, but unfortunately, it requires a player that my computer won't support so I wasn't able to check it out.  Maybe you'll have better luck.  They also obviously don't update their webpage very often, but look at it if you want a little about the history of the light house before you visit.  There is also a friends group that has a facebook page, but again, not much information that is current there, although you can learn more about the lighthouse itself.  There are 2 additional Facebook pages, but this one seems to be the only one that is managed on a regular basis.

My son always loves the spiral staircase to the top.  We did it once when it was a lightning storm over Lake Michigan and it was an unforgettable experience.  Nice view no matter what the season or weather condition.

This museum is actually part of the recent 'Milwaukee Museum Mile' group.  If you want to know more about those 5 museums, you can check it out at their website.  We did all 5 of the museums last spring when they announced the venture and enjoyed them in just a few hours.  It's a good rainy day event.  You save money if you have their brochure (which you can print off their website) when you buy admission.

Saturday at the Domes is Poland Under Glass,  and they still have the train exhibit going on through March 10.  This is from 9-4 and admission is $6.50 for adults.  $5 for children over age 5.

Enjoy demonstrations of a variety of Polish crafts including; wycinanki (Polish paper cutting), wianki (Polish maiden wreaths, rogatywka (four cornered hats), jezyki (porcupine ornaments), and woven wheat and much more. Children can make Wawel dragons, mushroom sun-catchers, create a picture on leaves and learn a few numbers and colors in Polish. Artists will offer charcoal drawings, acrylic paintings, and painting on glass that will be available to purchase along with a variety of Polish crafts.

Listen to a performance by the Polish Saturday School Children’s choir, learn to say your name in Polish, hear about the different Polish herbs, and watch Mary Ellen DeVito demonstrate Polish cooking. You will get a chance meet Susan Gibson Mikos author of Poles in Wisconsin for a book signing, and then become energized while watching Syrena Polish Dancers and the children’s dance group Syrenka.

Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Club is sponsoring the event. This event allows the members of Polanki to share Polish culture with the community at large.

At South Shore Park pavilion in Bay View on Sunday, they are hosting their 2nd annual Winter Blast, which has a Hawaiian theme.  Go to the pavilion from noon-4 and wear your best Hawaiian shirt.  The pavilion is a pretty cool building and it isn't often open, except for special events, so this is also a great opportunity to see the old bath house that used to serve the park when this beach was much younger.  This sounds like so much fun with nonstop entertainment, hula hoops, spam carving(??!!!!).  You can see some photos from last year and learn a bit more about the event at the Bay View Neighborhood Association website.
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