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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Wednesday Dilemmas: Live @ the Lakefront… River Rhythms… Wonderful Wednesdays in Lake Park... B&D flipped the proverbial coin and headed to the new Hart Park Rotary Performance Pavilion in Wauwatosa. Featured at the Tosa Tonight Summer Concert Series was a double-header with The Differentials and the 5 Card Studs, fresh from several Green Bay gigs where the studs earned a mayoral proclamation.

Between bands, Tosa Skateboarders United (TSU) organized a demo of budding pro boarders including Owen Liban, Zyler Tracey, Auggie and Colin Schmitz and Jack Ward. Board member Mike Doyle spoke about their mission to build a 17,000-square-foot skateboard and BMX facility at the park. 



Other circulating TSU board members included Doyle's wife, Judy, Ron Grimm, and Bryan Tracey, there with his wife, Carmen Tracey, of Carmen's Holistic Healing. Tosa Tonight Executive Director Rick Bauer and the board VP, musician Brian Leahy, thanked the many sponsors. Taking in the show were Molly Michelz, Mary Vanderven and Linda Cupertino, aunt of skateboard pro Greg Lutzka.

Pulling the money-raising bandwagon were Maggie Guran and mom Kelly, there with husband Kreg; Chris and Paula Lukach; Jennifer Shepard and Aksel Sidem, with kids Max and Alex; Mary Wimmer and her daughter Maureen Fleissner, riding over on their bikes; Joyce and Mark Gullicksen; Maris Fredricks; and Marilyn Martinez. Holly Segel danced with grandkids Auggie and Charlotte Wabiszewski. Overseeing the Metcalfe's Market booth was Christine Maciejewski, along with Peggy Miller and Cathy Wagner.

Goodbye, Deb:
Around 600 family, friends and co-workers met at Shully's in Thiensville to celebrate the too-short life of Debra Usinger. Family included her sisters Karen Schnetzky, Barbara Becker, with husband Steve, and Heidi Maetzold, plus brother Fritz and Joseph Kujawa, Debra's partner of 31 years. Many of the Usinger crew (her “elves”) wore fanciful commemorative T-shirts. 



Debra's “Girls Camp” group—Cecilia Gilbert, Beth Nicols, Jenny Berkel, Amy Chionchio and Jan Kotowicz—reminisced. Also celebrating Debra's life were Kimberly Montgomery, Cindy Moran and husband Todd Broadie, Dan McCarthy, Alverno College's Jodi Eastberg, heading to a London sabbatical, and her husband, Pabst Mansion historian John Eastberg, Joan Farrell, Jenny Weiss, Virginia Riddle, Jeff and Stephanie Sherman, Stacie Callies, Tracy Stockwell, Andrea and Richard Wagner from Trophy Athletic, and developer Randy Bryant, president of the Milwaukee County Historical Society. The group watched a touching PowerPoint of Usinger's life.

Going Green:
Nearly 6,000 people descended on Mequon Rotary Park for Gathering on the Green, featuring Under the Streetlamp. Executive Director Beth Bauer and board chair Joyce Altman welcomed attendees. Among tent sponsors were Marsha Block, hosting a group including UW's Rosemary Potter; Phyllis Petri; healer Victoria Leigh; Rotary Club of Milwaukee's Mary McCormick; publisher Kira Henschel; and TransitionWork's Dottie Graham. 



Penny Segel
and her daughter Lauren Pajot, the program book designer, laid out a delicious spread enjoyed by her sister Jennifer Segel and boyfriend Turner Kunkel; Rose Spano Iannelli and her sister Fay Spano; Yo Krukowski; and Maryde Forsberg. Rich Longabaugh's tent was the rockingest. In the crowd were John Eckl, his daughter Meredith, and Ryan Greb with Direct Supply.

Art Anew:
Patrick Farrell fans packed the dynamite opening of his “New Oil Paintings: Looking Back” show at Tory Folliard Gallery. Chris and Joanna Smocke drove down from Waupaca; Bill and Judy Knight and Pat Kelly came from Chicago; and Robert Parrish and Richard Steele visited from their new home in Palm Springs. 



Clients and friends included doctors Garland Yarborough, James Mathew and Tim Hart, plus Pat Van Alyea, John and Rosemary Monroe, Dottie Mock and Susan Conway. Gallery dealers Katie Gingrass, Elaine Erickson, Debra Brehmer, Barbie Blutstein and Cathy Fricano also attended. Jack Eigel looked spiffy in purchases from a recent China jaunt. Gallery manager Emily Gaustad and assistant director Christine Anderson ably ran the show. Afterward, Coquette Café offered a special “Patrick Farrell dessert.”

Africa Aid:
A Uganda Behavioral Health Alliance fundraiser was hosted at the home of Jim Gramling and Linda Velasco. Board chair Jim Andreoni, Goodwill Industries' CIO; Pat Dunn; psychotherapist Marlene Schwartz; Sebastian Family Psychology owner Sebastian Ssempijja and his wife, Yvonne, a CPA; psychotherapist Peter Ruta; Dr. Ian Gilson; and counselor Julius Agara were in the crowd.

Big Dogs, Little Dogs:
Canines of every imaginable breed descended upon McKinley Park for Central Bark Fido Fest as Kerry Krienitz, Nicole Cybela and Katie Wilke kept up a tight organizational leash. Sherlock, a papillon, brought owner Joy Mamawan, while beagles Salty, Sasha, Abbie and Hobo escorted Mark Kelnhofer. Chris Zuba had the best-dressed dog, Suki, in a pink nautical ensemble, and Nicki Rydell, there with daughters Emma and Abbi, pushed Savannah, their five-pound Shih-poo, in a stroller.

Actor Patrick Lawlor, from Friends of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), emceed a showing of adoptable dogs. Vendors included Stephanie Bartz, displaying her new book, For the Love of Dogs, digital illustrator/painter Brittany Farina, groomer Jessica Pfannerstill, Erik and Sherri Losby from The Pet Outpost, and pet sitter Lori Mendelsohn Thomas. Pooches cued up for Judy Montgomery and Clint King's Pup-tinis, with water and a hot dog in a plastic martini glass.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the Aug. 9 issue of the
Shepherd.