I live in a northern suburb of Milwaukee called Mequon. There are a few special things about Mequon:
- It’s conveniently located just north of Milwaukee
- It’s on the shores of Lake Michigan
- The village of Thiensville lies in the middle of Mequon (Like a little Wisconsiny Vatican City. But less Popey.)
- People are always mispronouncing it. (There is no I in Team. And there is no Me in Mequon. Think mek + the name Juan )
One of the special things that happens in Mequon is Gathering On The Green. It’s an annual summer music event that offers 3 nights of musical entertainment featuring national acts. It’s extra special if you dig country music or were rocking big bangs or a mullet in the 80s.
This year they have added a Sunday afternoon concert featuring Milwaukee’s own Danny Gokey of American Idol fame. (I just hope he doesn’t try to hit that high note in Dream On by Aerosmith again…)
Gathering On The Green is a really special event driven by a board of talented community leaders and supported by great community businesses.
I have lived in The Quon since moving North from Atlanta 6 years ago. But I had never attended GOTG until last night.
My wife Dawn and I decided we should make an effort to go, support, enjoy and understand what the gathering was all about.
It was amazing. The music was good. But the vibe was great. I’ve never been to anything that felt quite like it.
But this is not an advertisement for Gathering On The Green. It’s simply a reminder that there are special events in your community that you have never attended, but should. I highly encourage you to:
- Go to the concert series.
- Attend that fundraiser.
- Go see the games.
- Go to the play.
- Attend the festival.
- Watch the parade.
- Shop the farmers market. (Buy yourself a nice farmer.)
- Do the holiday event.
- Or the school event.
Communities become great through support and participation. Lean into your community events. Join, attend and contribute. Spend time with friends and neighbors. Make new friends and new memories. Start great new traditions. It will help you feel more connected to the people and places around you. Which is one of the great joys of life.
Thank you to all of you who contribute your time, talent and treasures to make your community events special.