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Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

Boris Doris ON THE TOWN

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The chilly lake breeze whistling over Discovery World’s Rotary Amphitheater did not deter die-hard music fans from attending the final Live @ the Lakefront concert series. The evening featured Longacre, playing from its new CD, Transfixed Summer. The show was sponsored by Wiscraft, a Milwaukee company creating jobs for the blind. CEO Jim Kerlinand his wife, Shawn, sailed in to the show aboard their 40-foot Beneteau. Also arriving via boat were Jeff Christofferson, with designer Hermi Gopon-Rosel and Kacy Jauron, as well as Terry McMahon, who stopped by with his crew after the Milwaukee Yacht Club Wednesday Night Offshore Series (WNOS) sailing regatta.

Among the Wiscraft speakers were Ron (Hutch) Hutchinson, a retired 30-plus-year Harley-Davidson VP and Wiscraft board chairman, and Jackie Ackley and Gene Hubbard offering employee testimonials. The series, now in its second year, was cochaired by Dan Nelson, Nelson Schmidt president, there with his girlfriend, U.S. Bank’s Gwen Kuber, along with Tom Gale, of Equity Commercial Real Estate and his wife, Sharon. Also enjoying the evening were Detlef Moore, executive director of International Association for Orthodontics; Eric Isbister, CEO of GenMet; Marquette professor Larry LeBlanc and his wife, Mary, co-owner of SHOP; and Mike Toffler, owner of the Chocolate Factory.

Lisa Blythe, of Lisa’s List, helped to market the event, attracting her loyal entourage. Among them were the peripatetic J.J. Holz, taking a break from his Foreign Service exam studies; mosaic artist Shelly Bird; Jim Selep, resource management analyst at Miller-Coors; and Doug McGuirk, a national trainer for life strategist Tony Robbins.

Snap Art: Brady Street’s Caggio: An Art Experiment hosted an exciting photography opening and exhibit based on Scott Kelby’s Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. Fifty local photographers had two hours to snap photos on Brady Street last July. Their work covered the studio walls and were highlighted in a PowerPoint show. Coree Coppinger, owner of EmptyHead Studio, was the force behind the event, hosted by Caggio owner Kaitlin Rathkamp. Photographer Robb Quinn was the Walk’s local winner.

Admiring the hangings were other photographers, including Geri Laehn; Ellen Mann; Tierra DiCarlo; Daniel Seung (Pugs) Pugliese; and the husband-andwife team of Phil and Audrey Waitkus.

Artist Michael Coates, previously featured at Caggio, was also on hand. Doc Holliday, who performs with Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts and is also a distant relative of the famed Wild West gunslinger, entertained.

Women Working: The ever-active Women’s Fund hosted a networking event at Joseph Pabst’s beautiful “party house with a purpose” for a special White House Project event. The organization advances women’s political leadership. Executive Director Elaine Maly welcomed the crowd and introduced Amina Nur, a Public Ally assigned to the Project who will work out of the Women’s Fund’s office. Judge Rebecca Dallet circulated, as did Inshirah Farhoud from the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; Carol Robinson, CFO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League; and Sarah Noble, the Reproductive Justice Collective’s managing director.

Among the lucky winners of a raffle drawing were Paula Penebaker and Carol Robinson, on the Women’s Fund board along with Renee Messing. LG Shanklin- Flowers, the Women’s Fund’s program manager, and Ann Fisher, its operations and development manager, also helped out. Among the networkers were: 9to5’s Sangita Nayak; Michelle Sieg of Zizzo Group; Robin Reese from J.F. Cook; Lashawndra Vernon of Eternal Sunshine Productions; and Nikiya Q. Harris, Urban Ecology Center’s development assistant.

Fresh Nosh: The Fox Point Farmers’ Market is always hopping, with music and demos augmenting the weekly veggie presentation. Recently, Bartolotta’s awardwining executive chef Adam Siegel put on an amazing “fresh taste” testing, using produce from the vendors. The market opened in 2003 with only three vendors. There are now 17, including Growing Power, Wild Flour Bakery—whose booth is manned by Laura Wendt, the Rep’s assistant stage manager—and Rebecca Scarberry, who makes delicious organic caramels.

Volunteer foodies who shepherd the market are headed by Mary Garity LaCharite and Jim LaCharite. Among the helpers are Terri Meinhardt, Kevin Nashban, Judy Shirley, Myra and John Van Uxem, Nancy and Bill Warner, and Joan and Judy Wessel. Spotted picking through the produce were Jill Bedford and James Dunn of Precision Bicycle Tuneups, John and Kathy Labinski, and Larry Boynton, who designs Milwaukee Victory Gardens.

Market regulars watching Siegel were activist/massage therapist Sally Leiser, Amy Wurlitzer Hopkins, Dr. Jay Larkey and Lois Malawsky, Chris O’Brien, Doug Levy, Rebecca Peltz, Mary Pepito, Linda Schackner, Sue Hester, Judy and Howard Tolkan, and Howard and Jane Zeft, as well as Fox Point Police Chief Tom Czaja.

Designer Sandra McSweeney and Realtor Katie Falk stopped by on a 30-plus mile bike hike. Dogs were aplenty including Faye Fox and her daughter Natalie’s Lucy, and Karen Fox’s golden doodle, Bob. This year, the market has partnered with The Gathering, which serves about 100,000 meals annually. Vendors and customers donate fresh food for this program.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the Sept. 24 issue of the Shepherd.