Thursday, February 21, 2013
Possible impacts to Freeman Friday Night Live lead to veto and revised ordinance.
Working with city staff, the Common Council and Freeman Friday Night Live organizers, Mayor Jeff Scrima withdrew his veto of the city’s street closure ordinance Thursday night. Scrima vetoed the ordinance with concerns that the language was vague and could lead to arbitrary decisions in the future, especially when it comes to the popular weekly summer music events in downtown Waukesha. And that veto upset several on the Common Council. “We have a process and committee is where items are brought up and discussed and vetted,” Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings told Scrima. “It should not be in the paper.” The council approved Thursday night an ordinance that fixed those concerns. The amended language calls for the city clerk to review the specific…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Jeff Scrima vetoes ordinance over concerns from Freeman Friday Night Live Committee.
Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima is vetoing a street closure ordinance passed Tuesday night by the Common Council, calling for the ordinance to be less subjective. Scrima was approached by the members of the Downtown Business Association’s Freeman Friday Night Live Committee asking for a “friendly” veto of the ordinance that was passed with a nine-to-four vote. Freeman Friday Night Live’s weekly summer street closure has been controversial for years with some claiming the event creates a difficulty for customers to get to their businesses. “They understand the intent of the ordinance and find most of it is accurate and easy to implement,” Scrima said in his veto message on Friday. “However, some language is vague and business leaders feel it …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Proposed ordinance would require organizers for events held on city streets to pay the costs of traffic control, security and sanitation.
Special events held on city streets could get costly for the applicants if a proposed ordinance is approved by the Waukesha Common Council. "If the city deems that the event requires additional city personnel, equipment and services to address issues including but not limited to traffic control, security, clean up, sanitation and safety, the applicant shall pay the actual costs for the use of such personnel, equipment and services," according to a proposed ordinance. The ordinance change would affect all street closures from Freeman Friday Night Live to the Waukesha Christmas Parade and the Memorial Day Parade. The exact financial impacts are unknown. The majority of the ordinance changes come from a downtown taskforce’s recommendation, …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Downtown Waukesha became the main stage for these young dancers.
Freeman Friday Night Live's been busy all summer. From dragons to flash mobs, there's been plenty of interesting activities this summer. This Friday, the Trinity Irish Dancers performed in the middle of the street. Watch this video and add your own pictures or videos from Freeman Friday Night Live.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Jinn Nelson will be Martha Merrell's Bookstore this Friday.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Stop down for a visit with all of your neighbors, support your downtown and become a puzzle piece! Downtown Waukesha is a jigsaw puzzle and the picture that is being assembled… IS beautiful.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Did you see the surprise dance on Friday?
Every Friday night, hundreds (and thousands some weeks) come downtown Waukesha to participate during Freeman Friday Night Live, a weekly music event that is free throughout the downtown area. As the event has gained popularity, so has the random, unscheduled activities. On the opening night, local orchestra students conducted a flash mob. Another week, a lone dragon walked the streets. Last Friday, belly dancers put on a performance near The Steaming Cup. Steaming Cup owner Kerry MacKay posted this video on Youtube. And if you are coming downtown Waukesha this Friday, check out the Ordinary Heroes fundraiser benefiting the Aurora, CO, shooting victims.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In January, 2012, the Waukesha Downtown Business District approved three challenges for 2012. Since July marks the halfway point of the year, BID President Norm Bruce the community of Waukesha an update on its progress.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Freeman Friday Night Live tonight, featuring music, food and entertainment in downtown Waukesha.
Enjoy some hot fun at Freeman Friday Night Live tonight, an event becoming known for coolness. Stroll the streets. Eat a heat-beating treat, like gelato from Divino Gelato or ice cream from Sloppy Joe’s. And listen to some music. Here's a list of some of tonight's performances: Cheryl McCrary & Heir-Born at Allo! Chocolat; The Cathouse Drifters at Magellan’s; Jazz Express 20-piece band will be at Poppin' on Broadway; Tony Memmel & His Band will be at the Steaming Cup, People's Park and Almont Gallery; and Theiss & O'Connor (Irish trio), with half-time break featuring the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance at 7:30 at Cuddles/Martha Merrells.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Weekly downtown Waukesha music event featured a creature from a fairy tale.
We've seen some interesting things during Freeman Friday Night Live in downtown Waukesha. There's been a zombie flash mob. And then there was an orchestra flash mob with high schools students wowing the crowd with their skills. But this Friday, it was a creature straight from the pages of a fairy tale. This dragon was spotted walking down the street. We uploaded the photo to our Waukesha Pics & Clips gallery. If you see strange creatures roaming through Waukesha, add them here.