Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.
When you think about it, the Village of Wauwatosa is pretty green (in the eco-friendly sense) 365 days a year. It’s just a short walk, bike ride or drive to some of the best restaurants and interesting shops in metro Milwaukee. In fact, the Village Business Improvement District offers a “Live Local” program with discount privileges for members at VillageofWauwatosa.com.
Add to that equation the Farmers Market and new stores that promote sustainability: Go Green Design Center, which offers green building supplies plus green solutions for energy and water conservation, and B. Green, which sells eco-friendly home goods and toys. Both of those businesses are in the building that Tosa oldtimers will forever refer to as “The Drews Building.” (If you haven’t seen it lately, it’s worth a trip just to see architect and Go Green owner Karen Wilman’s inspired design.)
This Saturday, a small group of volunteers is turning the Village even greener, with the second VillageGreen Street Fair. It’s a family-friendly festival dedicated to sustainability.* There are green activities, green vendors and even green activities for kids, all from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4.
You can go to VillageGreenStreetFair.com to see the full lineup of green vendors, but check out this entertainment:
9 a.m. The Bystanders classic rock & current hits Underwood Stage
Saving Our Wildlife live animal interaction Kids Area
Greening Your Home presentation Little Red Store
10 a.m. Evan & Tom Leahy Band Irish & folk Harwood Stage
10:30 a.m. Rhythm for Unity Drum Circle Kids Area
11 a.m. Sustainable Communities presentation Little Red Store
Joey Lavie hits from the 70s, 80s & 90s Underwood Stage
11:45 a.m. Sweet Water Organics Traveling Mini-farm Kids Area
noon Small Space Vegetable Gardening Little Red Store
Bent Willow Band folk music Harwood Stage
1 p.m. Inland Moss bluegrass Underwood Stage
2 p.m. Zumba Demonstration/Class Kids Area
Healthy & Organic Desserts presentation Harwood Stage
The Kids Area will also offer face painting, crafts, hula hooping, a mural project called “It Takes a Village,” and visits with exotic animals, urban wildlife and “recycled” golden retrievers.
(Conveniently, Saturday the 4th from 8 a.m. to noon is when my neighborhood association scheduled a scrap metal recycling drive in the Unity Church parking lot on 73rd Street, just north of Milwaukee Ave. Bring your scrap metal and electronics and then stroll down to the VillageGreen Street Fair.)
Hope to see you down there!
*VillageGreen Street Fair is presented by the BID and sponsored by our generous friends at WaterStone Bank, Forbo Flooring, the Lutheran Home/Harwood Place and the YMCA.