March 2020


Bradford beach attracts thousands of fun loving people throughout the summer, not only from Wisconsin, but from all over the United States. Downtown Milwaukee just wouldn’t be the same without the excitement and glamour of such beautiful landmark.

It stretches from the East Side, near the University of Wisconsin, toward downtown, passing the Milwaukee Art Museum all the way to Discovery World Science and Technology Museum. Each section of the beach offers the most wonderful views.

The crowd is beginning to grow. The weather is a breezy seventy degrees with bright sunshine dodging from behind the clouds every two or three minutes. At this section of the beach, you get a clear view of the beach front from a high ridge in a park on the east side, not too far from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

The Beach & the Staircase

To get to the beach, where you can feel the sand between your toes and walk along the lake shore, you must descend down a group of steep staircases. Walking down may be an exciting adventure, but walking back up could take fifteen minutes or more, depending on how physically fit you are.

On the beach, people appear to be relaxed and laid back. Some are lying on their backs with a tiles underneath them, wearing sunglasses, and sucking up the sun. A cool breeze rushes over my body, blowing through my muscle shirt, feeling good.

Aerial Photography of People Near Seashore and Green Body of Water

Other people are walking along the lake shore. Several children are wading and swimming in waist deep water, seemingly enjoying the gifts of nature.

I sit and observe humanity having fun. I cherish this day. It is just beginning.

Beautiful East Side Homes of the Wealthy

On my way to the next section of Bradford beach, I walked along the streets of the east side of Milwaukee. Wealthy homes were in alignment on both the right and left of the sidewalk. Sometimes during the walk to the lake front I would run into a couple of friendly Jewish Rabbis taking a leisurely stroll around the beautiful environment.

The lawns were extraordinarily green with neatly cut grass. Most homes had flowers flourishing somewhere within the yard. My dream was to someday have a home such as these.

Bradford beach

Nevertheless, strolling through these communities gave me a sense of peace and beauty, resulting in a heightened consciousness.

As I leave these beautiful homes behind, my the center of interest is a unique section of the lakefront, just before you get to the next area of Bradford Beach. From here you can observe the blue waters of Lake Michigan. In this location, a group of trees provides shade for picnic-driven families who desire a quieter place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Lakefront.

Away from the crowd, families and their children can play without invading the space of others who may be relaxing on the beach.

The Middle Section of Bradford Beach

I stepped into the soft sand and walked along the outer edges of the beach. This section of Bradford beach was the most interesting and exciting part. Here beach goers relaxed on tiles and in chairs, rubbing themselves with suntan lotion. Friends and families ran in and out of the lake laughing and splashing each other with water.

What made this long section of the beach most interesting was row after row of volley ball nets as well as the hundreds of fun lovers who played the game.

I stood upon a platform looking out over the beach, which stretched for nearly a half mile. Spacious and wide, the beach always entertained a large crowds with highly energetic and athletic young people ready to get rowdy.

Making Friends, Playing Games  and Eating Deliciously

If you have a great degree of social affinity, you can meet a lot of fun loving people who would delight in throwing a Frisbee to you or including you in game of causal volleyball.

If you do decide to work up a sweat playing games, you will undoubtedly get hungry. Midways along the beach is a large food stand, serving a variety of food and drink, ranging from hot dogs and Pepsi’s to cheese covered pretzels and ice cream cones.

beach friends

However, you might as well introduce yourself to a stranger or two while waiting in a long food line. It’s OK. After all, you are there to have fun with others.

The Hang Out

If you aren’t an avid beach bum, then to the right of the beach, is a park surrounded by a parking lot where people hang out under shade trees near the lake shore and rock piles facing the blue waters of lake Michigan. You can sit upon the rocks and watch sail boat breeze by with beautiful sails gliding through the winds.

In this area, you will find an additional food place with the same services as the larger one located on next door on the sands of Bradford beach.

Woman Lying on White Sand Beach

After leaving this areas, you will approach the final section of Bradford beach, an areas where you can not only relax in the sand, but also picnic with family and friends. Sometimes, I meet up with people I know who invite me to join the picnic for a hamburger or hot dog with a soda.

Relation, Picnics and Walking the Pier

What makes the last section highly interesting is that lovers can walk far out on the pier and dream of spending their years together in heavenly bliss.

Soft winds blow in the faces of those walking on the pier. However, when its super windy, you’ll surely get wet as the waves splash up to your waist. Sometimes it can be downright dangerous to even walk out into the lake.

White and Brown Sea Dock

If you are not in the mood for a picnic and or a recreational moment on the beach, you can go fishing via the mariner. Register your boat and slide it down into the lake and race out into the middle of Lack Michigan where you can fish. Catch a big one and bring it back for weighing. You may be the one who break a record.

Big and small fishing boats come and go throughout the day, especially on the weekends when contests are an ongoing lake front activity in the summertime.

Visiting Bradford beach will give you the most wonderful experience, especially in the summertime when it is surrounded by a variety of festivals, art shows, and kite flying tournaments. Bradford beach is beaming with excitement and recreational vitality from the month of April to August to mid-September.

Attending the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show 2020 was an extraordinary experience for me and my wife. The crowd was huge. Hundreds of people were sitting in the lobby eating just a few feet from the show’s entrance.

According to the advertisements, the event possessed over 600 exhibitions. Could me and my wife get through all of these in two hours?

Once inside, to our immediate left were a row of individuals demonstrating vegetable slicing utensils, which were as sharp as butcher knives but much safer. With a simple handling, the demonstrators cut vegetables, as well as fruit, in a variety of ways, short, long, zigzag etc. Potential customers were giving a chance to handle and use the utensils as well.

home and garden

The Huge Crowd

We moved on through the crowd, elbow to elbow. Exhibitors engaged people and people engaged exhibitors. To find interesting and innovative ways to remodel their homes is the reason people come to the Minneapolis Home and Garden show year after year.

Home & Garden Show 2020

A home repair retailer targeting home owners who are experiencing roofing needs, caught my attention. I asked a few questions and grabbed a couple of brochures just n case I need the service or perhaps one of my neighbors.

home and garden

The exhibitors were indeed the center of attention. People moved constantly throughout the aisles, stopping and looking at whatever caught their attention. Several retailers demonstrated the usage of their products, especially those who sold cooking ware. Grease less cooking involving pots, pans and skillets stole the show in many aisles.

The Exhibitions on display were vast, including:

  • Home remodeling

  • Window and door designs

  • Roofing repair

  • Bathroom & Spa

  • Gutter Repair

  • Yard designs

  • Patio furniture

  • Heating

  • Outdoor, playground equipment

  • Big Chevy Trucks

  • Carpet Installation

  • Floor designs

  • Kitchen designs

  • Furniture store Samplers

  • And much more

As we walked among the crowd, we begin to see the repetition of services, especially windows and door design and repair.

The next exhibit that caught our attention were solar panel retailers. I had been interesting in the power of solar energy, and its increasing usage across the world for a long time. If the green movement continues to gain momentum I expect every house in America will possess some form of solar energy.

I wanted to ask several questions but communicative engagement with others were too long to wait around. Time was passing swiftly. I grabbed a couple of brochures and moved to turn down the middle aisle, which was much broader with a greater density of people.

The Resort Exhibition

Around the corner was a resort exhibitor with a sample lodge. It consisted of several rooms, including a small kitchen, a living room with fire place, a bathroom, and two small bedrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. The ideal place to stay for vacationers.

Hotel, Room, Curtain, Green, Furniture

Several other resort, cruise liners and vacation companies entertained people with the thought of experiencing an unforgettable vacation.

What caught our attention was the delicious smell of meat cooking. In the beginning of the next aisle, a man was cooking breakfast food, demonstrating how fried eggs and steak slid so easily out of the skillet without sticking.

Although we stood listening and watching with amazement, we were growing hungry with each passing minute. At the end of that particular row, stood a bar and grill, but the hot dogs were $11.00 a piece. This prices wasn’t in our budget. So we passed on by.

Fried, Pan, Eat, Fry, Yolk, Food, Fried Eggs

While walking down the middle aisle, we came upon a group of people standing around a man selling custom made pies. There were a wide varsity, including blueberry, raspberry and strawberry cheesecake pies along with several other tasty choices. After tasting a sample of the raspberry pie, we bought one for $16.00.

Several others specialty stores offering edibles, clothing, beauty and herbal products were in alignment with home remodeling exhibitionist.

The Idea Home Showcase

People waited to see the revolutionary design of the idea home. The line was indeed long, and excitement were on the faces of the people. The appeared eager for the chance to experience the wonder of the idea home. I and my wife were among them. We waited for nearly an half hour before placing our foots on the steps to enter the idea home.

The tour guide gave a quick presentation in order to keep the line moving. But the kitchen was state of the art, with innovative pull down cabinets, stove, sinks and center bar made of iron. The dining room consisted of windows that glided up to down to open and close.

home and garden

Two bathrooms, one in the first hallway and the other near the back bedroom were made of fantastic marble. The Landry room consisted of an innovative drying, cloth line and slid effortlessly into and out of the closet.

The living room consisted of a soft, purple leather couch, and two reclining chairs that raised up to allow you to easily get and walk out of it.

The ideal home showcase is designed to stir the imagination of homeowners as well as buyers who desire to live in style, comfort and luxury. A custom home is a dream come true.

Coming to the End of the Show

After the Ideal Home experience our two hour journey traveling through the Home and Garden show was almost over. So we approached the big, wide aisle closest to the lobby exit. As we made our way toward the way we had entered, our eyes glanced over the exhibits that we had missed.

Many exhibits were similar to what we had already seen, especially displays such as bathroom & spas, windows and doors, garden designs, children playground equipment etc. Nevertheless, they were still interesting.

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show 2020 was a fantastic experience. Besides discovering all the wonderful ways you can remodel your home, you can take pictures and share them with friends and family. You can also relax with food and drink.

As we exited the home and garden show, we looked forward to next year’s 2021 Minneapolis Home and Garden show.