Weird Wonderful Brady Street in Milwaukee
So my last post was all about visiting places near home, and I'm following my own advice. I checked out a few books from the library- "Weird Wisconsin", "Oddball Wisconsin", and "An Explorer's Guide to Wisconsin"- to get inspired and to find places that I hadn't been to yet. I'll be sharing a few of those destinations with you as we explore them.
Brady Street comes up in almost any list of unusual attractions in Milwaukee. It kind of reminds me of Venice Beach, CA. You will likely see anything and everything. And that's what makes it so much fun. They hosted the 2nd annual Art Walk yesterday, and the sun was shining so it was a rare occasion to stroll the 9 blocks of shops, restaurants, and cafes. This neighborhood runs between the Milwaukee river and Lake Michigan so it really is in the heart of things.
There were more than 30 artists doing their work right out on the stoops of old buildings, or standing in the sidewalk complete with paintbrushes and easels. They would answer questions, and in some cases let you participate. It was a great way to encourage future artists.
|Even the alleys were full of painters|
We saw tattoos, piercings, musicians, costumes, dogs in strollers...the dog ration to person is probably about 1:5 in this neighborhood. It seems there are dogs everywhere and when you have kids that love to pet dogs, it means you don't really get anywhere fast. There was even a guy walking his lizard. Where can you get all this for free?
|Have you ever touched a lizard? It was incredibly smooth.|
|Dog stroller meets kid stroller|
|A guitarist sits on the sidewalk collecting tips|
|Rubber chicken or squirrel heads at Art's|
|An artist painting Art Smart's Dart Mart|
|Notice the finely decorated table of gifts, all reasonably priced, to the right of the yogurt bar|
|can you see the look of envy in the reflected face?|
Cass Park on my local Milwaukee Parks blog. What a fun way to spend an afternoon. We'll be back again. Such a cultural gem for our fair city of Milwaukee.
|Fantastic deli and Italian cookies, pastries, and bread|
|I love how the ladies wear those cool lace bows and dresses that are from their own store|