Super Saturday kicks off summer season in Waukesha
Art Crawl, farmers market, RiverWalk for Cancer and cleanup all this weekend

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

April 28, 2015

Carol Smith tends to some of the bedding plants and flower baskets she raises on her property, Greenstone Estate, in the City of Pewaukee.    
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WAUKESHA - With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s predicted for this weekend, its easy to feel encouraged by Waukesha Downtown Business Association President Norm Bruce saying Saturday is the kickoff of summer.

Events often associated with summer, such as the Waukesha Farmers Market and RiverWalk for Cancer, will be held Saturday, along with the 86th Art Crawl and a downtown Waukesha cleanup.


Waukesha Farmers Market

Bruce said there will be many greenhouses selling plants during the early weeks of the farmers market, including new vendor Green Stone Estates.

Owner Carol Smith said she grows more than two dozen varieties of tomatoes at her City of Pewaukee farm, as well as about 16 to 18 varieties of peppers. She is also known for her mixed herb pots and large floral baskets.

My specialty is the pepper and tomatoes that I grow are not something you are going to find at the big box store, she said.

One of the baskets Carol Smith will be selling has one of the smallest tomato plants available, making it workable for even apartment dwellers.   
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Her tomatoes include black cherry, supersonic, sweet baby girls and a Big Beef Clint named after her father, as well as a paste tomato from Poland that makes a thick spaghetti sauce. Peppers include everything from sweet bell peppers to a hot pepper that originated in the African community in Philadelphia in the 1940s.

At a recent farmers market vendor meeting, Bruce said there were more than 150 vendors registered.

Its going to be a really pretty fantastic market as far as what we are looking for, Bruce said. Of the vendors for 2015, about 85 percent are returning, he said. There will also be the frequent shopper cards offered, as well as gift cards.

The market will run 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October along the Riverfront Plaza.


RiverWalk for Cancer

The thousands of walkers who will fill Frame Park for ProHealth Cares annual fundraising walk to fight cancer will also get to take in the spring beauty. In previous years, the walk supported ProHealth Cares breast cancer care services, but this year has been broadened to all cancer services.

On-site registration starts at 8 a.m., followed by a pre-walk rally and ambassador message. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

Some businesses in downtown Waukesha will be offering specials for walk participants who come into the store wearing their RiverWalk shirts.

Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said having the many events on Saturday in Waukesha is good for the area.

Its great for Waukesha. We have got the breast cancer walk, the farmers market starting, which is probably a good indication that spring is finally here, he said. It brings people downtown, it makes people feel connected to community and there are a lot of fun things to do.


Making Waukesha sparkle

A spring cleanup of downtown Waukesha had been scheduled for this past Saturday but was rescheduled due to the damp, cold weather forecasted.

Organizer Victoria Hekkers said about a dozen people representing area churches still showed up Saturday and cleaned along Wisconsin Avenue, near the library and their churches.

With the cleanup rescheduled for Saturday, Hekkers hopes about 50 to 60 people will volunteer their time. Reilly said he will be one of the participants and he plans to buy plants at the farmers market and attend a grand opening celebration for Fruits of the Spirit Candles, 349 W. Main St., at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to gather at the Spring House near Waukesha State Bank at 8 a.m. to collect maps and get directions. Some cleanup will occur just a little outside of downtown. For more information, search Waukesha Earth Day Cleanup on Facebook.


A night of art

Almont Gallery Owner Lynn Gaffey said 2015 is the 18th year the downtown Waukesha Art Crawls have been held and the event is welcoming new participants, such as Crush Wine Bar.

Its amazing that its been going on for this long, she said.

At the Almont Gallery, new artist Lisa Ridolfi will display her creations, along with her dog Yoda, which is the mascot for StrayPride. Yoda will be wearing his video camera and recording the Art Crawl happenings.

Reilly, Bruce and Gaffey encouraged people to think of shopping for unique gifts for mom Saturday while exploring downtown Waukesha.

The Art Crawl will be held 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday throughout the downtown area.