Monthly Archives: April 2022

You can win this quilt!

Raffle and Silent Auction, April 9 thru June 25

Love spending time in Grant Park? We have a few craft items available that will reflect your love of nature in the park. You can view these items at the Historical Society’s Garden Club / Garden Tour stop at Grant Park Wil-o-Way garden area on June 25th from 9 am – 2 pm. FOGP will staff a table at this event.

RAFFLE: A hand-crafted quilt and matching pillow made by FOGP member Debby Pizur will be a raffle item. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $3 each or 4/$10. The quilt is 42″ x 42″, and includes rod and casing for use as a wall hanging if desired. (The raffle drawing will be held on June 25th, at 2 pm, immediately following the close of the Garden Tour stop at Wil-o-Way gardens.)

Matching pillow included with quilt!

SILENT AUCTION: Offered individually, Migratory Birds hand-painted rocks is the handiwork of local artist Susan Medrow, using acrylic paint. Choose from Cedar Waxwing, Sandpiper, White Winged Crossbill, or European Goldfinch. (Bidding starts at $10 per bird, or you can purchase your favorite bird for $25 on June 25th at the Garden Tour stop at Wil-o-Way gardens with the drawing held at 2 pm.)

Migratory Birds by Susan Medrow

A set of Four Seasons hand-painted rocks (SOLD) This set was featured in our 2022 FOGP Calendar. The set was offered as a silent auction item with a minimum bid of $40 for the set; the entire set was purchased for $100.

Set of Four Seasons by Susan Medrow

About the artist, Sue Medrow:

“I’m born and raised in South Milwaukee, so it’s been nearly 60 years that I’ve been able to enjoy Grant Park. Because I’m lucky enough to live close, we walk daily through the park. We both, my husband and I, have a deep appreciation for Grant Park.

It’s really only been a few years since I’ve taken up the rock painting, although it really amped up during the pandemic. I use acrylic paint and then seal them so they can be used in your outdoor gardens if you like.

I love painting them, and hope to continue sharing them for others to enjoy!”

If you wish to place a silent auction bid online, you can send an email to friendsofgrantpark@gmail.com. Raffle tickets for the quilt will be sold in person at the Friends of Grant Park meeting on May 12th, the Garden Tour on June 25th, or by email to make arrangements for in person purchase.

Community Clean Up, Grant Park, April 16

These hardy souls braved gusts of 25 mph winds and 40º temperatures for a good purpose!

Thank you to volunteers for participating in our Community Clean Up… a great way to honor Earth Day! The Friends of Grant Park and the South Milwaukee / St. Francis Health Department, working as partners for a Community Clean Up in Grant Park on Saturday, April 16, were pleased to welcome 26 volunteers. You can see in both photos that very stiff winds had removed shingles from the roof of Ferch’s. Volunteers found most of them on the beach!

We targeted three areas needing attention in the park:

  • Grant Park’s main beach
  • Wil-o-Way center parking lot
  • Area 5 parking lot

Supplies were provided on site.

All volunteers completed and submitted a volunteer/COVID-19 waiver on site or online at: bit.ly/MilwCoVolWaiver

(Similar clean up events will be held in both Sheridan and Bender Park on April 23rd.)