WASHINGTON PARK WEDNESDAYS @ Washington Park Bandshell
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 3 @ 9:00 pm

Roll With It! Opening Night

Milwaukee chanteuse Abby Jeanne and Free Space, a youth-driven performance community, open the concert series in Washington Park! Free Space will feature several performers from their growing line-up.

The Brew City Bruisers, back for their annual give-back picnic, will sling hot dogs and face paint the kids. Roll Train will bring their skates to show everyone how it’s done. Bring your skates or pick them up free of charge from the skate truck at the park.

Food trucks bring the stuff to eat, Vernacular Beer pours the libations and (Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) will help feed the neighborhood kids.

A play area hosted by Artists Working in Education will be back on the east side of the park to entertain kids while you enjoy the performances.

You won’t want to miss the first installment of the Washington Park Wednesdays concert series running June 27th – August 29th.

Food – beer – music – art – COMMUNITY!

2nd Annual Bed Race “A Race for Karl’s Place @ Regner Park
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The 2018 Bed Races for Karl’s Place is an exciting and unique fundraiser from Family Promise of Washington County to help in the fight to prevent and end homelessness. Joining us to discuss this one-of-a-kind event and how you can join in on the fun are Lori Prescott and Francie Stone from Family Promise of Washington County.

Bed Race for Karl’s Place 2018 is held on Saturday, October 6 at Regner Park in West Bend. Check-In is at 9:00am and the race starts at 10:00am. You can sponsor or register a team for the race at

Oct 31 all-day

History of Halloween

It is “widely believed” that Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, and that this Gaelic observance was Christianized by the early Church. Samhain festivals are said to have also had pagan roots. Some argue, however, that Halloween began independently of Samhain and has solely Christian origins. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most powerful and spirits can make contact with the physical world.

In Christian times, it became a celebration of the evening before All Saints’ Day. It is believed that the celebration of Halloween only made its way to the United States (from being widely celebrated in Northern Europe) in the 19th Century by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland.

The commercialization of Halloween (as we know it today) began in the 1900s, when postcards and die-cut paper decorations were produced. Halloween costumes started to appear in stores in the 1930s and the custom of ‘trick-or-treat’ appeared in the 1950s. Halloween 2017 now become a very profitable holiday for the manufacturers of holiday celebration items.

Traditions of Halloween

Halloween 2017 has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of Halloween 2017 include the attending of church services and the lighting of candles on the graves of the dead. Some Christians historically abstain from meat (a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day. Additionally it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Modern traditions of the holiday include attending Halloween costume parties, lighting bonfires, trick-or-treating, decorating and carving pumpkins, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

Daylight Saving
Nov 4 all-day

Significance of Daylight Saving 2018

Daylight Saving (also known as Daylight Saving Time and previously known as ‘Fast Time’ in the United States) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the warmer parts of the year (usually summer months), and back again in the colder parts (usually fall), in order to make better use of natural daylight so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less.

History of Daylight Saving

Although Daylight Saving has only been used for about 100 years, the idea was conceived many years before. Historically, ancient civilizations are known to have engaged in a practice similar to modern Daylight Saving where they would adjust their daily schedules to the Sun’s schedule. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months of the year.

More recently, Germany became the first country to introduce Daylight Saving when clocks were turned ahead 1 hour on April 30, 1916. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting in order to save fuel for the war effort during World War I. The idea was quickly followed by the United Kingdom and many other countries, including France. Many countries reverted back to standard time after World War I, and it wasn’t until the next World War that Daylight Saving made its return in most of Europe.

In the United States, daylight saving was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I. The initiative was generated by Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist who had encountered the idea in the UK. Today he is often called the “Father of Daylight Saving”. Only seven months, later the seasonal time change was repealed. However, some cities, including Pittsburgh, Boston, and New York, continued to use it until President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially instituted year-round recurring daylight saving in the United States in 1942.

From 1945 to 1966 there were no uniform rules for Daylight Saving in the US and it caused widespread confusion especially for trains, buses, and the broadcasting industry. As a result, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 was established. It stated that DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from Daylight Saving by passing a state ordinance. In 1974 and eight months in 1975, the United States Congress extended Daylight Saving to a period of ten months, in hopes to save energy following the 1973 oil embargo. The trial period showed that energy equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil each day were saved, but Daylight Saving still remained to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

After the energy crisis was over in 1976, the Daylight Saving schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years. From 1987 to 2006, the United States observed Daylight Saving for about seven months each year. The current schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month. Today, Daylight Saving starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Traditions of Daylight Saving

The main tradition evolving Daylight Saving 2017 is the resetting of clocks and watches. Throughout the United States, people in many states prepare and reset their time accordingly.

Veterans’ Day
Nov 11 all-day

Significance of Veterans’ Day 2018

Veterans’ Day 2018 is a federal holiday (previously known as Armistice Day) observed annually on November 11, not only in the United States but in many other countries throughout the world. In the United States, it is a day that honours all men and women that have served as military veterans in the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, Veteran’s Day 2017 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans Day 2017 should not to mistaken with Memorial Day; Veterans’ Day celebrates the service of all United States military veterans, while Memorial Day honours those who died while in military service.

History of Veterans’ Day

The history of Veterans’ Day dates back to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect, bringing an end to World War I. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was proclaimed by President Wilson and commemorated United States’ Veterans who served in World War I for the first time. In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized November 11 as the end of World War I and declared that day as the anniversary of the armistice.

In the year 1954, Armistice Day officially became known as Veterans’ Day and from then on, became a holiday honouring American veterans of all wars. In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to commemorate Veterans’ Day on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law which stated that Veterans Day would, again, be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day 2017 is still celebrated on November 11.

Traditions of Veterans’ Day

Traditionally Veterans’ Day 2017 is viewed as a time of honour and remembrance. Annually, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans’ Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery (in Virginia), while parades, church services and other celebrations are held throughout the United States. In many places the American flag is hung at half-mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Additionally, many schools choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.