Melinda Meyers will provide green inspiration at this year's garden tour event.
Melinda Meyers will provide green inspiration at this year's garden tour event.

Shorewood Garden Tour blooms this Saturday

Ready to stop and smell the roses? And the lilies and the poppies and the peonies and the violets? Good, because the 2016 Shorewood Garden Tour takes place Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s tour will feature seven private gardens and special guest Melinda Meyers, a nationally-known horticultural expert. Myers will answer gardening questions and sign her books at the Eastwood Condominiums, 3942 N. Oakland Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written 20 gardening books. She hosts the nationally-syndicated show, "Melinda’s Garden."

Tickets are $10 in advance and available at SHOP, Nehrings Sendik’s and Shorewood Village Hall. Tickets are also available the day of at any garden location. All proceeds go toward the beautification of the Village of Shorewood.

The gardens are located at 4322 N. Wildwood Ave., 4399 N. Alpine Ave., 4022 N. Larkin St., 3942 N. Oakland Ave., 1822 E. Edgewood Ave., 2413 E. Shorewood Blvd. and 4138 N. Downer Ave.

"We look forward to Melinda’s presence at this inspiring event. Her horticultural expertise, particularly her knowledge of our region, will be a strong draw to the event," says Bradley Blaeser, president of The Green Team Wisconsin and the Shorewood Garden Tour’s presenting sponsor.

Las vaqueras de la pimienta!
Las vaqueras de la pimienta!

Where is the mechanical La Perla pepper now?

Recently, La Perla was sold to new owners (who will soon be announced on OnMilwaukee) and on Saturday, July 16 the restaurant bid its customers adios with a party. 

Many people share the same burning (ahem) question: where is the mechanical pepper?

"Right now, it's in storage," says La Perla co-owner, JoAnne Anton. "But we're thinking ..."

Where would you like to see the La Perla pepper someday? I'm hoping for my living room but have doubts about that actually happening.

Pop-up poppy paintings!
Pop-up poppy paintings!

Pierluissi presents 52 poppy pantings

Adrienne Pierluissi, who owns The Sugar Maple in Bay View, will display 52 paintings at Lakeshore State Park on Sunday, July 17, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The works depict poppies in four seasons and are displayed in a row, spanning across 300 feet.

"They can be viewed up close or traveling north on the Hoan Bridge," says Pierluissi.

This is the fourth and final installation of the show. The first was held in Random Lake, the second in Chicago and the third at the Domes.

Eoin McCarthy (left), band manager Jim Rice and longtime volunteer Randy Beck.
Eoin McCarthy (left), band manager Jim Rice and longtime volunteer Randy Beck. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)

Rebel Stage Spotlight: Eoin McCarthy

"Rebel Stage Spotlight" is an OnMilwaukee-exclusive series of interviews with bands that will perform on The Rebel Stage during Summerfest. The Rebel Stage – located along the lakefront, directly to the east of the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage – is a completely independent venue that hosts more than 90 bands during the Big Gig and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Rebel Stage manager, Eoin McCarthy, hand picked the line-up from more than 2,000 submissions.

In 2007, Eoin McCarthy’s band at the time, Poor J, was offered a gig on Summerfest's Tiki Stage, but when the band showed up they were told the time slot was accidentally double booked and it was not going to happen.

Surprised and a bit disgruntled, McCarthy and bandmates decided they were going to play Summerfest regardless, so they wandered the grounds until they found open outlets and plugged in.

The first day, they played for 10 hours. They returned the next day – and every day after – and played for hours without anyone suspecting they weren't hired performers.

Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, Summerfest got wind of this, but wasn’t angry. Instead, they offered McCarthy a stage of his own where he could completely control the music, but without the promotional support of the fest. (To this day, the daily lineups do not appear in Summerfest’s printed or online information, but can be found here.)

Originally, McCarthy named the stage The Refugee Stage, which he has tattooed on his arm, but later changed it to The Rebel Stage, of which he also has a tattoo. 

McCarthy, who is originally from Ireland, is the lead singer and songwriter of Whiskey of the Damned. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the band will perform and launch their new CD, "Here’s to Duffy’s Cut, Bedevil the Railroads," a rowdy, punk rock love story. He will perform a solo set on The Rebel Stage at noon on Sunday.

There is so much more to McCarthy's – and Rebel Stage's – story that can be read here.

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