A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Fall 2020 edition)

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:

a group of people standing in a garden: They're decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark's annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.

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They’re decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark’s annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.

All Saints Lutheran Church: Fall Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Crafters, raffle, bake sale and luncheon. 9131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 762-5111.

American Legion Park: Pioneer Farm Days, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Old-time farm show with antique tractors, engines and machinery. Flea market, farmers market and food. Free admission. 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 768-8580; pioneerfarmdays.com

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Apple Holler: Apple Picking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Last bag sold one hour before closing. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, (262) 884-7100; appleholler.com

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Outdoor grounds are open daily without reservation, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Oct. 30). Visitor Center is closed. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5600; boernerbotanicalgardens.org

  • Wednesday Night Walks. Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 14.

Cedar Creek Settlement: Festive Friday Eves are held from 5 to 9 p.m. and feature holiday entertainment and activities, gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, restaurants, and the Cedar Creek Winery decorated for the holidays. N70-W6340 Bridge Road, Cedarburg, (262) 377-8020. cedarcreeksettlement.com

  • Settlement Christmas Showcase. Nov. 20.
  • Home for the Holidays. Nov. 27.
  • Santa’s Workshop. Dec. 4.
  • The Christmas Spirit. Dec. 11.
  • Countdown to Christmas. Dec. 18.

Cedarburg Artists Guild: Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Free. Artists open their studio spaces to the public. Tour begins at any of the locations in Port Washington, Grafton, Cedarburg and Mequon. Most of the artists will be creating art during the event and will explain their artistic processes and inspirations. cedarburgartistsguild.com

Cedarburg Cultural Center: “The Sick to Death of It” Gothic History Tour, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23-34 and Oct. 30-31. One mile walk is 90 minutes with steps, no seating or bathrooms, and sidewalks and ground may be dark or uneven in the cemetery. Advance ticket purchase required. W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg..(262) 375-3676; cedarburgculturalcenter.org

Christkindl LIVE Market: Virtual Christmas market with live stream experience, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 15-Dec. 31. Christkindl.live

Delafield Hotel: Boutique Wedding Showcase, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29. Visit with vendors offering a variety of wedding services. Complimentary admission and valet parking. 415 Genesee St., Delafield. premierbridewisconsin.com

East Troy Railroad Museum: Fall Harvest Fest Trains, Saturday-Sunday, (through Oct. 25). Christmas Trains, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Advance electronic ticket purchase required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263; easttroyrr.org

Elegant Farmer Harvest Fest: Weekend of activities include a corn maze for all ages, hayrides, pony rides and train rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (through Oct. 25). Check out what’s picking in the orchard, or shop the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market, 1545 Main

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Giant drive-thru haunted house experience opens in Bay Area

Talk about a scary moment.

The Fields family was facing the real possibility of having to cancel its annual Pirates of Emerson Halloween haunt at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, unable make dollars and sense of the reduced capacity and other social distancing restrictions that would need to be in place this year.

“We wouldn’t have been able to put the numbers through to justify opening up,” says Brian Fields, who has helped run this popular haunt with his parents, Patty and Karl, for 29 years.

Instead of throwing in the towel, they decided to do something different — something bold — that would work in this COVID-19 age.

“Being the creative family that we are, my dad Karl, Patty and myself put our heads together and came up with this idea of doing this drive-thru,” Fields says.

So load up the car, remember to buckle in tight and get ready to be scared as the Pirates of Emerson evolves into something new for 2020. This massive drive-thru haunt, which covers nearly 10 acres at the Pleasanton fairgrounds, opens to the public on Oct. 2 and runs Thursday through Sunday through Nov. 1.

  • PLEASANTON, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Brian Fields, vice president of operations for the Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park, stands next to a structure he built to be used at the drive-thru haunted house at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, the longtime Halloween favorite has become a haunted house drive-thru. Vehicles will wind their way through a marked path as they view themed frights while listening to a soundtrack on the radio. The haunted drive-thru opens on Friday, Oct. 2. All tickets must be purchased in advance. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

  • PLEASANTON, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: A scary skeleton figure at the Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park is photographed at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, the longtime Halloween favorite has become a haunted house drive-thru. Vehicles will wind their way through a marked path as they view themed frights while listening to a soundtrack on the radio. The haunted drive-thru opens on Friday, Oct. 2. All tickets must be purchased in advance. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

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  • PLEASANTON, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Brian Fields, vice president of operations for the Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park, is photographed at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, the longtime Halloween favorite has become a haunted house drive-thru. Vehicles will wind their way through a marked path as they view themed frights while listening to a soundtrack on the radio. The haunted drive-thru opens on Friday, Oct. 2. All tickets must be purchased in advance. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

  • PLEASANTON, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: A scary wild boar lunges out of the wall

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Go Now evacuation ordered for Garden Valley Road area


A prompt response from the Goshen Fire District and a timely assist from Mother Nature in the form of torrential rain helped stop a fast-moving grass fire that prompted a Level 3 evacuation order Wednesday.

The fire, which started around 5 p.m. Wednesday, was fully contained and evacuations cleared by 9 p.m., according to information provided by Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Andrew Smith.

Estimated to be between 6 and 8 acres in size, the fire only damaged one small outbuilding, Smith said. No homes were lost.

The responding fire fighters did receive air support from the nearby Holiday Farm Fire, which Smith said was instrumental in stopping the forward progress of the fire. Multiple ground resources also contributed to the swift response, he said.

Rain will continue to help with any lingering hot spots Wednesday, however there is a very firm perimeter, Smith said in the release.

The fire call came in at at 5:15 p.m. for the 34900 block of Seavey Loop Road, according to the computer assisted dispatch (CAD).

The fire appeared to have started along Seavey Loop Road, with westerly winds spreading fire in dry grass. People in the area reported seeing flames as high as 40 feet.

The Level 3 “go now” evacuation  notice was issued a little after 6 p.m. for Garden Valley Road area from Garden Valley Road to Drummond Drive near Mt. Pisgah. Lane County canceled the evacuation order at about 6:45 p.m., telling residents they could return home.

The scene was cleared a little after 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to dispatch records.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Smith said.

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‘The bathroom conversations are now open’: Bay Area artists react to call for change in theater

Director Lauren Spencer works during a rehearsal for “Black Butterflies” at American Conservatory Theater. Spencer is among those not surprised by an online posting about the experiences of people of color in theater. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle 2017

If any white people were surprised by the depth and length of “The Living Document of BIPOC Experiences in Bay Area Theater,” local artists of color weren’t.

When actor, activist and teaching artist Lauren Spencer read the document, she thought, “I guess all the bathroom conversations are now open. So many incidents in that document I knew about.” It reminded her of the candid conversations she’s had often with fellow artists of color about racism in the industry, only now, not behind closed doors.

“There was a sense of sunshine, it pouring over the valley,” which “felt like a relief, a little bit,” she says.

People of color in Bay Area theater demand bold steps toward racial justice in online documents

Others felt it could have gone even further.

“I was honestly surprised there wasn’t more stories of racism,” says Baruch Porras-Hernandez, a writer, performer and stand-up comedian. “When I was trying to work as an actor full time, back around the 2006-ish years, I remember there being absolutely no room for these type of conversations. It was looked down upon. Even bringing it up was considered dangerous by most actors of color. You could be labeled ‘difficult’ and have your ability to get work completely disappear.”

San Francisco Mime Troupe member Velina Brown says the online document reveals how people are afraid to speak up. Photo: Nick Otto, Special to The Chronicle

For San Francisco Mime Troupe member Velina Brown, the “Living Document” demonstrates how “people are afraid to say in the moment, ‘This is not OK.’” It suggests that workers get shut down when they try to speak out. She sees the document as the consequence of getting dismissed over and over: “Those feelings don’t go away,” she says.

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Marin Theatre Company’s Artistic director Jasson Minadakis (left) and playwright Thomas Bradshaw (right) watch actor Mark Anderson Philips during rehearsal of “Thomas and Sally.” The director and playwright were criticized for their handling of the play. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle 2017

Some local white theater leaders say this document and others circulating online have influenced their companies’ plans.

Marin Theatre Company was mentioned in the “Living Document” and a June 13 statement from a “Coalition of Black Women Professional Theatre Makers in the Bay Area, California.” Both cited its controversial 2017 world premiere of “Thomas and Sally,” Thomas Bradshaw’s play imagining the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the slave who bore him six children.

The coalition’s statement says Marin Theatre Company failed to follow through on commitments made in 2017: “At that time, they agreed to take accountability for the harmful impacts of their commissioning, development, and production of ‘Thomas and Sally’ by Thomas Bradshaw, and for their responses to gentle and rigorous questioning

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These festival finds around the Chattanooga area include giant pumpkins, fair foods and Christmas decor

It’s fall, y’all, but in Lebanon, Tennessee, they’re thinking about Christmas — and making no apologies for the nod toward the next season.

“I once read somewhere that 70-80% [of consumers] start thinking about and purchasing their first items for Christmas in the month of September,” said Kristi Rowan, president of Midsouth Media Group, which produces Mistletoe Merchants, scheduled Friday through Sunday in Wilson County’s Farm Bureau Expo Center about 30 miles east of Nashville.

It’s one of five festivals happening or continuing in the tri-state area this weekend. A sixth, the DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair in Fort Payne, Alabama, starts Monday with a nightly carnival and other entertainment leading up to an all-day celebration on Oct. 3.

Other day-trip options include a jaunt to Marietta for a flavorful alternative to the North Georgia State Fair, happening the next two weekends, or to Pigeon Forge for the opening of the six-week Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood.

Closer to home, the Pumpkin Palooza family festival will take place Saturday at Greenway Park & Pavilion in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Rowan said Mistletoe Merchants is one of six spring and holiday markets her company produces in Tennessee and Mississippi.

“Last year we had about 5,000 shoppers, doubling from the previous year of 2,500,” Rowan said of the market, now in its fifth year in the Nashville area. “This event is really catching on and will soon be like our seasoned shows with 15,000 shoppers.”

Her 20-year-old Memphis show typically draws crowds of that size, she said, but it has been canceled entirely this year due to coronavirus concerns. For the Nashville event, several popular mix-and-mingle activities have been dropped, including Cupcakes & Cocktails, Muffins & Mimosas, Sangria Sunday and Santa appearances. However, general-admission shopping among the more than 100 vendors will take place as scheduled.

“This is a shopper’s chance to shop some of these unique businesses that you would not normally see, all while supporting small businesses and our economy,” Rowan said.

Likewise, the North Georgia State Fair has scaled back this year, canceling the midway and blue-ribbon competitions and revamping as Taste of the Fair.

Visitors will drive through to view the menus of at least 15 food vendors, then park for in-car or walk-up service. In-car service will provide a limited menu and an attendant who will take and deliver orders. Walk-up service will provide a full vendor menu, and visitors will leave their cars to order directly from the vendors. Masks are required for anyone choosing walk-up service.

At Dollywood, the seasonal programming includes more than 800 concerts by Southern gospel and bluegrass artists over the next six weeks, along with demonstrations by resident crafters and visiting artists, set amid the autumnal beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. New for 2020 are pumpkins weighing up to 1,000 pounds each, great for using as photo backdrops or just for marveling at their colossal size. As the sun sets, the theme park transforms into a whimsical display of

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50-year-old man kills self in Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area- The New Indian Express


NEW DELHI: A 50-year-old man allegedly shot himself dead in his car on Saturday in Dilshad Garden area of Shahdara district, police said.

The deceased has been identified as Manish Taneja, a resident of Pocket-A, Dilshad Garden, they said.

He was a postal assistant in Jhilmil Industrial Area, police said.

The information regarding the incident was received on Saturday morning, they said.

Police reached the spot and found the body of Taneja lying on the driver’s seat of the car parked near his flat, a senior police officer said.

“A country-made pistol was found lying on his chest and there was a gunshot wound to his head. Taneja was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for almost last 15 years,” the officer said.

Police said he was getting treatment from a hospital for the mental health condition.

No suicide note has been recovered, police said.

The statements of relatives and neighbours have been recorded where no foul play has been suspected, police said.

The car and the pistol have been taken into possession and the body has been preserved for the post-mortem at GTB Hospital.

Necessary legal action is being taken, they added.

(If you are having suicidal thoughts, or are worried about a friend or need emotional support, someone is always there to listen. Call AASRA’s 24×7 Helpline: +91-9820466726 for assistance.)

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What happens when a Bay Area firefighter’s own house goes up in flames?

Firefighter Geoffrey Keller had just finished a 24-hour shift on Aug. 18 cutting down brush around the blazes in the Santa Cruz Mountains when he received a frantic call from his wife.

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Bay Area political events: Peter Strzok, House members town hall


Racism’s physical, psychological effects: Diversity and inclusion expert Mary-Frances Winters discusses her new book, “Black Fatigue, How Racism Erodes Mind, Body and Spirit.” Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 9 a.m. More information is here.

Peter Strzok: Former FBI agent and author of “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump,” in a conversation hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 12:30 p.m. More information is here.

Reps. Barbara Lee, Mark DeSaulnier, Jackie Speier: Bay Area Democrats host a town hall meeting on racial justice in America. 6 p.m. Join meeting here.


Worker cooperatives: A roundtable event to discuss how worker cooperatives can provide a viable alternative for people approaching retirement. Panelists include Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont; Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra; Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor; Zen Trenholm of the Democracy at Work Institute; Hilary Abell of Project Equity; and Kirk Vartan, worker owner at ASONY. Noon. More information is here.

Sen. Sherrod Brown: Ohio Democrat in conversation on progressive power in the Senate. Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 3:30 p.m. More information is here.


Libby Schaaf, Kevin Faulconer: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer discuss fiscal realities for local governments during the coronavirus pandemic. Hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. 11 a.m. More information is here.

“Suppressed 2020”: A screening of “Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote,” followed by a talk with voting rights advocate Valerie Morishige. Hosted by the Piedmont Diversity Film Series. 4:30 p.m. More information is here.

S.F. D1 candidates: Candidates for District One supervisor take part in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 7 p.m. Register here.


Conservation history: An exploration of conservation history of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and how it fits into the larger context of American history of injustices toward indigenous communities and people of color. Hosted by the Peninsula Open Space Trust. Noon. More information is here.

SEPT. 22

Rep. Ro Khanna: Fremont Democrat holds a town hall meeting. Noon. Submit question in advance here; join meeting here.

SEPT. 23

S.F. D7 candidates: Candidates for District Seven supervisor take part in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 7 p.m. Register here.

Art and abolishing the police: Pendarvis Harshaw interviews art curator Ashara Ekundayo about an upcoming show and auction, “Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition,” and the role art plays in the movement to dismantle the policing and prison systems in the U.S. Hosted by KQED. 8 p.m. More information is here.

SEPT. 24

H.R. McMaster: President Trump’s former national security adviser in a discussion hosted by the Commonwealth Club. Noon. More information is here.

SEPT. 28

Election meetup: A Zoom meetup for supporting green candidates and issues in the November elections. Hosted by GreenChange.net. 6 p.m. More information is here.

SEPT. 29

Juan Felipe Herrera, Naomi Shihab Nye: Former U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, author of the new book “Every Day We Get More Illegal,” and poet, songwriter and novelist Naomi

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Arad Evans Inn to close 4 to 6 months after fire guts kitchen, private dining area

Fayetteville, N.Y. – A fire destroyed the kitchen, office and a private dining room today at the Arad Evans Inn, a restaurant that opened 25 years ago in a 19th century farmhouse.

“I think we’ll have to gut everything and rebuild,” said owner Jason Thomas of the damaged areas.

That means the restaurant could be closed for four to six months, Thomas said today, just hours after the fire.

“We’ll definitely be reopening,” he said. “You have to take it in stride.”

The fire at 7206 E. Genesee St. was reported just before noon, as a small group of staff were starting to work on dinner services.

No one was hurt, Thomas said. The main dining room was not damaged, he added.

The fire started as part of a roofing repair, Thomas said. The roofer was using a hot torch to lay down the new roof, he said. That caught a small part of the building on fire.

At first, it was small – so small the roofer tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, Thomas said. One of Thomas’s kitchen staff members called 911, he said.

The fire moved into a crawl space between walls, Thomas said. “But it just got in a spot where it spread and the fire department couldn’t get to it fast,” he said.

It spread, and a sprinkler system in the attic helped firefighters put it out, he said.

The restaurant opened in 1995, and for the first few years it also offered overnight lodging.

In December, syracuse.com | The Post-Standard restaurant reviewer Jared Paventi raved about the restaurant’s fresh take on bistro food even as it approached its 25th anniversary.

“Arad Evans Inn has all the hallmarks of an old-school fine dining restaurant, but with quite a few modern touches. Sure, you can order escargot ($13.99) or beef Bourguignon ($18.99), but you can also find a burger made with meat from Manlius’ Side Hill Farms,” Paventi wrote.

Arad Evans Inn

A fire destroyed parts of the Arad Evans Inn on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The restaurant will be closed for four to six months, the owner said.Provided by Melissa and Jason Thomas

The fire comes just a few weeks after the restaurant reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas said after shutting the restaurant in March, he spent about two months making improvements, including adding new equipment to the kitchen.

Arad Evans reopened in mid-June for takeout and starting in-person dining later this summer.

Now the restaurant will have to close again for months.

“You have to deal with the situation and make the best of it,” he said.

“We’ll be the bigger, stronger man,” he added, “like the 6 Million Dollar Man.”

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Coolgreens to Launch First Virtual Kitchen in Orlando Area

Coolgreens is set to begin fueling the Orlando community with food that “feeds your life” this fall through the brand’s first virtual kitchen.

Coolgreens CEO Robert Lee announced that the brand has executed a franchise agreement with Humza and Fariha Idrees to open two Coolgreens in Orlando. The first will open in a virtual kitchen space in October, and then a brick-and-mortar restaurant will follow in 2021.

Located in Central Orlando, Coolgreens will operate in a multi-functional shared kitchen facility. Guests in the city and surrounding suburbs can order healthy lifestyle foods like salads, wraps, sandwiches and grain bowls for delivery only. Coolgreens will work with five major third-party delivery partners to serve a 20-mile radius.

“We are thrilled to introduce Coolgreens to the Orlando community,” Humza Idrees says. “Now more than ever, Coolgreens is set up to succeed. It’s a brand that evolves and innovates in order to match both current and future market trends. Right now, consumers want to eat their favorite restaurant food, but many feel most comfortable doing it in their own homes. We feel we can fill this need by offering Coolgreens for delivery through a virtual kitchen. Our flavorful, healthier food is a largely untapped delivery option, and we will be able to serve a much greater trade area. We can’t wait to begin delivering Coolgreens’ delicious items to the Orlando area.”

After serving as director of marketing and operations for Tesla in Minneapolis, Idrees started looking into other businesses that aligned with his personal goals of living a healthy life. He and Fariha moved to Orlando in early 2020 and sought out Coolgreens. Idrees said his forte is reading trends and understanding what drives consumer behavior. Because Coolgreens has stayed ahead of the business curve, he saw a promising future for the brand.

Though businesses will continue to see peaks and troughs for the remainder of this year, Idrees said he is confident of success by getting started now.

“As an entrepreneur, I know there is a special opportunity here even during a pandemic,” Idrees adds. “There is a need for Coolgreens’ nutritious, chef-inspired menu in Orlando. My wife and I are excited to become part of Coolgreens and encourage our new community to join us in leading a healthy lifestyle.”

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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