April 2019 - Launch, Muse & Mequon, Cool Cribs, Torme’, Parenting

Happy Days!
The blog has a new look. No worries, the usual Assorted Random Topics are intact. I am excited to announce that the long awaited book launch/ signing for “I Married a Latvian Refugee With 9 Lives” and the revised edition of “Memories From the Black Forest” will take place on Sunday April 28 at 6pm. Elsa Bukalders (My mom) and I invite everyone to join us at The Landmark Senior Community Room on the corner of 70th and Greenfield Ave in West Allis (park & enter on 68th Street). Single books available for $17. Two books for $15 each. Autographs are free. Refreshments will be served, please come and help us celebrate!
I have TWO new exhibits and artist receptions in May. I’ll be at The Muse Gallery Guesthouse on April 5th from 2-5pm with a group show of women artists. 2268 S Winchester St. MKE, 53207. Located on Lincoln Ave - 2 blocks E of KK. Come and Celebrate Women and Spring! At last the snow is gone. My second event was instigated by good friend Sheila Semrou. We will be exhibiting at RE/MAX  Gallery in Mequon. 1339 W Mequon Rd. Mequon, 53092 - just W of Port Washington. There will be 3 artists and the theme will be 'Home is Where the Art Is”’. It’s an eclectic mix of photos, paintings and digital art. The artist reception is on Friday May 10 from 6-9pm. Please join us and tell your north side friends. If you can’t make the reception, both will be long term exhibits. But that’s no excuse for missing the party.
The Milw Journal home and garden section featured the home of a fun and talented couple earlier this month. Scott Stephan and Peggy Howe have remodeled their 114 year old Victorian farmhouse and it’s stunning. They were married two years ago and we were witnesses for them. There were many upgrades over the years, but they really kicked it into high gear recently. The kitchen was relocated and opened up to flow into the dining room and an expanded bath with a barrel ceiling over the shower was added. Scott did most of the work himself. If you have seen the Toepfer locksmith shop in the MPM Streets of Old Milwaukee (here is a link to the 50th anniversary video) – you have found Scott’s family business. His extensive antique lock collection is featured in the Museum and also displayed with love in this unique home. Check out the JS article. Tom knows Scott from the music scene and I know Peggy from the arts world. On Easter Sunday another good friend's colorful Bay View bungalow was featured in the JS life section. Linda Freund is an artist, designer, painter and fun creative lady. She does commercial and residential painting and specialty set painting for the theater, opera, ballet and movies. And much more. Her work is marvelous and her home reflects that. See it here - LindaFreund / JS article. I know some of the best people. That makes me really happy.
Steve March Torme, I blame you for making me cry. Tom and I went to the Fond Du Lac Performing Arts Center in the FDL high school with his parents this month. It' a great facility. It made Tom long for his teaching days - if they were in a nicer place. Anyhow, Mr. Torme’, son of Mel Torme’ is a polished entertainer. He performed with the FDL Symphonic Band. He talked about growing up in NYC then moving to Beverly Hills. His folks divorced and he was raised by Hal March and his mom Candy Toxton. Both were actors. Most of his siblings are in the entertainment biz. He went to school with and formed friendships with other second generation show biz kids like Desi Arnaz Jr, Dean Martin Jr, Miguel Ferrer, Carrie Fisher, and Liza Minelli. He is married with two daughters. After Steve’s folks passed his wife asked if he would consider moving to Wisconsin to be near her parents. After weighing the pros and cons they decided to go for it. After a while he decided they needed to be in a bigger town. One that at least has a traffic light. So they now reside in Appleton, WI. His most recent album is called “Inside Out” and features Steve not just singing, but playing piano and guitar. He wrote all the songs and lyrics. There is one that he performed at the concert called “A Different Time” comparing his childhood with his kids. I found it very sweet and touching. And yes, I cried. The melodies and chord changes are just right. Some tunes are more pop than jazz, but I still like it. Herre are more S-M-T tracks. The other song that really got to me was “He Is Me”.  This is the chorus…”He’s in the mirror, my father. The man I’d like to be. He is gone yet is here. For he is me.” Maybe finishing the book about my Dad made this all the more poignant for me. I sobbed my eyes out. And songs about kids? I never had kids, or wanted my own - but the depth of emotions and responsibilities of being a parent are astonishing and overwhelming to me. Cheers to all of you who take on the challenge of raising good children. I was blessed with two marvelous parents. And in-laws, too. And step son(s) and granddaughter. Exactly as I'd want. I truly am a lucky lady.
Meet the authors Apr 28 / Last weeks snow at Jackson Park / Fall 2018 trip to Paris - Notre Dame cathedral will rise again!
Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee ~ creator of faux finishes, murals, fine art, photography, websites & more. Sharing news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, architecture, inventions, life & other stuff. Hope you enjoy and read often!
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