How About a Traditional St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick didn’t drink. In fact, one of the things the Celtic chieftains admired in him was that he could get a good night’s sleep without the drink. Other reminders for this time of year: sausage and salted pork are traditional Irish meats; corn beef is American. Cromwell’s armies brought cabbage to Ireland. Sir Walter Raleigh brought potatoes there from South America. The Celts wouldn’t have worn green, either—it’s the color of things that die. Purple was the color preferred by royals.

St. Patrick’s Day in America has morphed, party-animal style, into a day to get drunk or, to insult-the-earth—an excuse to dump green dye in the Chicago River and foam it up. Patrick’s real life and the many good stories about him are what’s worth remembering.

St. Patrick was the first published anti-slave activist in history. At a time when British Christians were stealing Irish from along the east coast of Ireland, Patrick wrote: “…But it is the women kept in slavery who suffer the most—and who keep their spirits up despite the menacing and terrorizing they must endure. The Lord gives grace to his many handmaids.” During his life, Patrick negotiated with the court of Coroticus in England for the release of slaves, and, by the end of his life, the Irish slavery trade came to a halt.

Patricius (Patrick) himself, as a boy, was captured in England and made a slave in Ireland, probably around 400 AD. Part of his indenture was guarding sheep up in the mountains, with little clothing to keep him warm, for six years. Then one night he heard a voice in a dream: “You’re hungers are rewarded; you are going home.” He awoke and the voice continued, “”Look, your ship is ready.” He walked two hundred miles to the coast and hitched a ride on a ship carrying Irish hounds back to England.

It took him a few years to make it to his hometown. Even then he could not settle himself down, nor make up the years of schooling he had lost. Once night, again in a dream, a man he had known in Ireland, held up letters to him with the inscription, Vox Hibernacum—Voice of the Irish. Patrick then heard the voice of a multitude near a forest on the western sea, crying, “We beg you to come home and walk among us.”

Patrick studied for the priesthood and was then ordained both priest and bishop. He returned to Ireland around 432 A.D. to begin his mission. He traveled Ireland carrying a bata (stick) made of unblemished hazelwood, like the druids would have. But the druids didn’t welcome the competition. It is said that once Patrick and his disciples escaped their enemies in the woods when Patrick said a prayer (now known as St. Patrick’s Lorica) and turned himself into a deer and turned his followers into birds who rode on his back out of the forest entrapment. A fine pagan miracle for a Catholic saint to be performing!

I hope those who are not Christian, or even those of us who are no longer Catholic, will forgive the following, but it is part of the historical record that Patrick taught the Irish to give up blood sacrifice (of humans) because he convinced them that the Sacrifice (on the Cross) had already been made. Patrick transmuted the pagan values of loyalty, courage, and generosity into faith, hope, and charity, as writer Thomas Cahill pointed out. Patrick affirmed the natural mysticism of the Irish that the whole world is holy, a legacy not to be lost in our own times of ecological crisis. In the 7th century, Adomnán (biographer of St. Colum Cille) extended the peace legacy by raising, for the first time, the Law of Innocents: no women and children killed in Irish wars.

Nor was the missionaries’ conversion of the Celts an easy task. The Irish Celts were a tough lot. It’s said that one time Patrick was baptizing the King of Muenster and he inadvertently jammed the crozier (the bishop’s pointed staff) through the King’s foot. The King did not wince. When Patrick finally noticed what he’d done, he said, “Oh, my God, why didn’t you say something?” The King said, “I thought it was part of the ceremony.”

The Irish respected Patrick. He was a brave man of peace. He loved the land and people of Ireland. He slept soundly without drink or bad dreams. How did it become that the Irish are said to drink so much? Two historical reasons may be: first, way back in time, fermentation was a way to make sure the water was safe to drink (rationalization though it appears); and second, in subsequent centuries when only the oldest son could inherent land in Ireland, it became unofficial State and Church policy to let/encourage young men to drink all they wanted in the taverns, so they would never consummate certain relationships and inherent a wife and children they could not provide for. There are better forms of birth control for the planet now.

Why then should we be celebrating boozing so much? Drinking your way to a good time or to good art is as inspiring as buying autographed pictures of the Saint himself at the top of Croagh Patrick.

Matt Talbot (1856–1925) was a Dublin trade unionist and recovered alcoholic who gave most of his money to the poor. Matt Talbot Recovery Centers dot the planet nowadays: in my own Milwaukee, in Seattle, even in Poland, Australia, Scotland, and, of course, Dublin, where Talbot has a statue. Some Native Americans (whose cultures make sobriety their spiritual as well as anti-racist work) have lobbied the Pope to make the Venerable Matt Talbot into an official Catholic Saint. He could be remembered as an Irish fighter against the slavery of addictions.

This time of year, your local area might have cultural activities worth celebrating. UW Milwaukee’s Celtic Studies often has Gaelic language gatherings, film and history events, music, or cultural lectures. Certainly there is fine Irish music to be found in many corners during March’s madness. Why couldn’t the fine art of toasting, storytelling, sporting, and singing be without the alcohol? Frank Zeidler, former Mayor of Milwaukee, once said that maybe it was time for Milwaukee to be known for something more than beer. Maybe it’s time for the Irish to be remembered for something more than drinking.

This one time, it is said, that Patrick was fasting and a mist came down from the mountain. Demons tempted and tormented him, but Patrick defeated them by throwing a bell into the mist. A bell is a call—a call to action, a sponsor’s call, a wake-up call. Ring your own bell. Or check out St. Patrick’s bell in the Irish National Museum. Wear purple and have a peaceful and sober St. Patrick’s Day.

c) Rick Whaley (for the March, 2010)


Patrick’s Confession and Letters
Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization (Doubleday, 1995)
Prof. John Gleeson’s Irish history and culture lectures at UW Milwaukee
Charlene Spretnak’s The Spirituality of Green Politics (Bear & Company, 1986): a call to and traditions for working with faith-based ecologists.

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12th Annual St Pat & St Brigid


~Community Members~
~Activists~ Artists~ Cultural Creators~
working toward peace, justice and beauty in MKE
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3–6PM

2 minute soapbox presentations
Demos and performances
projects ~organizations~ visions~ beauty in

Live Music

Community mosaic art project

On site registration

Club Timbuktu
520 E. Center St


$5 suggested donation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - All are welcome!

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Harambee Riverwest Elders Honored In 2014 Muneer Peace Posts

Dear All,

Tribute to Timbuktu and Riverwest: Muneer came up with the idea of recognizing, celebrating, thanking the community organizing that RW, esp RW Elders, have done… and making a special point of inviting the elders association, and really reaching out to all the RW establishments, making a point of inviting them to be part of the day, esp to join in with intention writing/mosaic making.

Sunday March 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Please share Riverwest/Harambee elders you wish honored.
Here’s nominees so far:

Muneer will bring paper for intention/vision scroll making, clay, tools and paint for mosaic tile making… his great spirit and gifts as an artist to guide participants…

Melody Todd often uses a tibetan singing bowl to bring quiet to a room… Maybe, after the last note of music, we could ask her to do that, as a moment of transition from the fullness of words and ideas, to clear the air and to create a quiet space for people to write their ideas/intentions on little scrolls of paper. Then, Muneer and Melody would collect the writings and “Invest them” in paraffin wax to seal the intentions. After that… people would be asked to come to the tile making work area to have at it with the clay. Stay as long as needed to finish their tiles, and leave (or stay for dinner), as they choose.

Riverwest Elders

On this page…

  1. Contacts For “Partners” To This Event Over The Years
  2. 12th Annual Who Signed Up
  3. Rough Notes from 11th Annual 2012
  4. 10th Annual 2011 St. Patrick Brigid All City Gathering at Club Timbuktu
    1. 4.1  Music, dance, and Soap Box Moments
    2. 4.2  Music by Embedded Reporter
    3. 4.3  Dance by Barbara Wesson’s Nia Dancers
    4. 4.4  Soap Box Orators and Event Orchestrators
    5. 4.5  Schedule of Events
    6. 4.6  Event Moves to One Year Celebration of Pubic House, one of two co-op pubs in USA
  5. 2011 organizers and info
    1. 5.1  HOSTS
    2. 5.2  EMCEES
    3. 5.3  DOOR
    4. 5.4  TIMEKEEPERS
    5. 5.5  SOUND
  6. Schedule
    2. 6.2  Public Transportation and Peak Oil
    3. 6.3  Bill Sell
    4. 6.4  Olde Godsil
    5. 6.5  Milwaukee (Area) Time Exchange
    6. 6.6  Debbie Davis
    7. 6.7  Milwaukee Public Theatre
    8. 6.8  Barbara Leigh, Carolyn Mello, Bethamie Wyatt
    9. 6.9  Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition
    10. 6.10  Ann Brummitt
    11. 6.11  Marc Rassbach
    12. 6.12  Milwaukee 9 Carrots Initiative
    13. 6.13  Michael Pettit
    14. 6.14  Riverwest Neighborhood Association
    15. 6.15  Spike Bandy
    16. 6.16  Express Yourself Milwaukee
    17. 6.17  Holly Haebig Wake
    18. 6.18  Greater Milwaukee Green Party
    19. 6.19  George Martin
    20. 6.20  Powered Down Community
    21. 6.21  Barbara Richards
    22. 6.22  Sound and Fury: Words and Song in the Public Forum
    23. 6.23  Peter Goldberg
    24. 6.24  ATU Local 998
    25. 6.25  Penny Sikora
    26. 6.26  Nikki Wallschlaeger
    27. 6.27  Freestyle Frisbee, Fun Alternative Sport
    28. 6.28  Rodney Sanchez
  7. Dance Wave
    1. 7.1  Earth Poets & Musicians
    2. 7.2  Harvey Taylor
    3. 7.3  What can we do NOW for MCT?
    4. 7.4  Jeannette Tries
    5. 7.5  Earth Poets & Musicians
    6. 7.6  Suzanne Rosenblatt and Holly Haebig Wake
    7. 7.7  Sweet Water Foundation
    8. 7.8  Jesse Blom and Dave Mangin
    9. 7.9  The Sweetest Livestock in the City
    10. 7.10  Felicia Hobert, Alyssa Voelker and Kelly  
    11. 7.11  Riverwest Public House Cooperative (and the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance)
    12. 7.12  Gibson Caldwell and Sarah Ditzenberger
    13. 7.13  Organization for Inspiration 
    14. 7.14  Jacob Hey
    15. 7.15  P.U.F.F. - Poor Urban Farmer Fund
    16. 7.16  Franz Weding AKA The Germanator     
    17. 7.17  Transition Milwaukee
    18. 7.18  Erik Lindberg, Jessica Cohodes, Terri Kinis, Sharon Harney, Christie Mole
    19. 7.19  Volarion Psychic School
    20. 7.20  Greg Banks
    21. 7.21  Eight Limbs Housing Co-op
    22. 7.22  Sarah Zahner, Adrian Lee, Peggy Hong, Christie Mole
    23. 7.23  Concordia Gardens Food Forest
    24. 7.24  Nicole Rockweit, Philip Nasvik, Barbara Richards, Gretchen Mead, Terri Kinis, Kristin Mauk, Sarah Moore, Sarah Aumann
    25. 7.25  This is What Democracy Looks Like!
    26. 7.26  Janine Arseneau
    27. 7.27  Poetry
    28. 7.28  Albulena Shabani
    29. 7.29  Nia technique - Body/Mind Fitness
    30. 7.30  Barb Wesson
  8. 2010 celebration
  9. 2009 Organizers
  10. Share Your 2009 Soap Box Moment at the Renaissance!
  11. Patrick Schley Reflections On 2006 St. Pat’s at Timbuktu
  12. Sura’s Summary of St. Patrick Brigid@Timbuktu 2008
  13. Sura Faraj’s St. Pat Invite to Sustainability Group of Southeast Wisconsin
  14. What’s this about?
  15. Janine Arseneau’s Invite Best Describes…
  16. Where is it held?
  17. When?
  18. Soap Box Orators and Poets(2 minutes for Each) Signed Up for 2008
  19. A Special Fifteen Minutes to Introduce Milwaukee’s Bonobo Survival Trailblazers
  20. Erik Sperling and Michael Helpick Inspired People to Make Their $5 Offering at the Event Doors!
  21. Photo Essay Archives of St. Pats 2005 through 2007
  22. Some Key Concepts Inspiring 2009 Celebration
    1. 22.1  Howard Hinterthuer’s Thoughts

Contacts For “Partners” To This Event Over The Years

12th Annual Who Signed Up

Rough Notes from 11th Annual 2012

10th Annual 2011 St. Patrick Brigid All City Gathering at Club Timbuktu

Structure for Organizing 11th Gathering

This Saturday, March 17, 5 to 8 p.m.
Club Timbuktu at 520 E. Center St.
$5 donation

Music, dance, and Soap Box Moments

Activist from around Milwaukee get 2 minutes on their soapbox: skit, song, or other flamboyant, energized, poignant, succinct, slamming, daming, bamming two-minute soapbox moment to carry their message to a hot, fun crowd o’ folks,

Music by Embedded Reporter

Dance by Barbara Wesson’s Nia Dancers

Soap Box Orators and Event Orchestrators

Holly Haebig
Kt Rusch
Natalie Berland
Hannah Medrow
Rodney Sanchez
Nichali Ciaccio
Barbara Leigh
Patrick Schley
Jeanette Tries
Larry Spike Bandy
Barbara Wesson
Jahmes Finlayson
Suzanne Rosenblatt
Howard Lewis Hinterthuer
David M. Drew
Ann Brummitt
Janine Arseneau
Andor Horvath
Tom Brandstetter
Sarah Moore
Peter Murphy
James Carlson
Eric Hansen
Gibson Caldwell
Theresa Anne Kenney
Michael Pettit
Xavier Leplae
James Godsil

Schedule of Events

March 17, 5 to 8 p.m.

5 to 5:30 Hang Around Time w. Embedded Reporter Background Music

5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Ceremonial Opening Jahmes Finlayson

5:45 to 6 p.m. Round Circle Introductions of All to All

6 .to 6:30 Soap Box Moments One

6:30 to 7 p.m. Nia Dancers and Music

7:00 to 7:30 Soap Box Moments Two

7:30 to 8 p.m. Embedded Reporter Music, Dance, and Milling

8 Closing Ceremony

Event Moves to One Year Celebration of Pubic House, one of two co-op pubs in USA

Rough Notes for 2012

2011 organizers and info


Godsil, KT Rusch, Sura Faraj, Holly Haebig Wake, Bill Sell


Holly Haebig Wake and Sarah Moore


Janine Arseneau, Reuven Cocos, Hannah Medrow


Jacob Hey, Jane Raymer


Howard Lewis


5:00–5:30 Mingle, find a seat, order a drink…
5:30–5:40 Opening Ceremony
5:45–7:00 Set One: Soapbox Moments
7:00–7:15 Break
7:15–7:30 Dance Wave
7:30–8:45 Set Two: Soapbox Moments


Nii Adjetey (chief name in Ghana) a.k.a. George Martin
Peace and Justice Activist, 745.5740
Jahmes Tony Finlayson
Musician, Composer, Ceremonialist and Healer., 840.7590
Opening Ceremony of Calling on Our Ancestors
Traditional African Libation and Calling on the Ancestors ceremony which is interactive and modified to recognize activists who have past away and empower activist who are present.

Set One: Soapbox Moments

Public Transportation and Peak Oil

Bill Sell, 744.3970
The governor’s attack on public transportation is a dead end for our state.

Olde Godsil
Multi-generational projects to make Milwaukee the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas

Milwaukee (Area) Time Exchange

Debbie Davis
Milwaukee (Area) Time Exchange is a network of neighbors rebuilding community through the exchange of our greatest natural resources: our skills, knowledge and practical support.

Milwaukee Public Theatre

Barbara Leigh, Carolyn Mello, Bethamie Wyatt, 347.1685
MPT is a professional outreach company creating original theatreworks about social/environmental issues and offering arts workshops for all ages, cultures and abilities. Catch us on Facebook and Twitter.

Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition

Ann Brummitt, 763.6199 x223
Dedicated to implementing a community-based master plan for the Milwaukee River that provides recommendations for preservation, revitalization, management, and improved public access and recreation.

Marc Rassbach
The use of Open Source Software to save taxpayer money.

Milwaukee 9 Carrots Initiative

Michael Pettit, 526.1109
9carrots is a new website using GIS mapping to help community and business co-operate in the fight against climate change, while working to increase economic localisation.

Riverwest Neighborhood Association

Spike Bandy, 374.8181
Riverwest Neighborhood Association: Who are we, and what can we do with you?

Express Yourself Milwaukee

Holly Haebig Wake, 272.3498
Express Yourself Milwaukee celebrates the power of creative arts to transform the lives of underserved urban youth in our community. 

Greater Milwaukee Green Party

George Martin, 745.5740.
Presentation on the reality of US politics, Green Party of the US, the Greater Milwaukee Green Party and the Green Call to Action.

Powered Down Community

Barbara Richards, 259.0731
A story, a poem and a tune on the alto recorder.

Sound and Fury: Words and Song in the Public Forum

Peter Goldberg, 272.5934

ATU Local 998

Penny Sikora
Organized labor, unions and their relevance in 2011

Nikki Wallschlaeger
political and socially conscious poetry

Freestyle Frisbee, Fun Alternative Sport

Rodney Sanchez, 372.9785
Freestyle Frisbee is a wonderful way to enjoy life, build strength and flexibility, and promote overall health. And, it’s great fun to watch it fly!

Dance Wave

Set Two: Soapbox Moments

Earth Poets & Musicians

Harvey Taylor,
Solidarity Turns The Tide is a poem/music performance piece supporting the Democracy Uprising in Wisconsin, and everywhere else.

What can we do NOW for MCT?

Jeannette Tries, 704.8243
Support Milwaukee County Transit for a vibrant community and reduce oil addiction that fuels defense spending and buys bullets.

Earth Poets & Musicians

Suzanne Rosenblatt and Holly Haebig Wake, 964.0084
With rhythm and rhyme, since 1988 we’ve contemplated Earth’s wonders and Earth’s health in our performances. Tonight Holly Haebig Wake and Suzanne Rosenblatt update humanity’s progress.

Sweet Water Foundation

Jesse Blom and Dave Mangin, 262.501.0855, 920.328.3824
Sweet Water Foundation, along with various community parnters, promotes the use of aquaponics and other forms of urban agriculture as tools of self-reliance and self-empowerment. 

The Sweetest Livestock in the City

Felicia Hobert, Alyssa Voelker and Kelly, 678.9409
Three female voices, death or synergy?  -  a capella style.

Riverwest Public House Cooperative (and the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance)

Gibson Caldwell and Sarah Ditzenberger 562.9472
815 E. Locust St.
Our mission is to provide a welcoming meeting place, to provide affordable drinks, and to propagate other cooperatives through the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance.

Organization for Inspiration 

Jacob Hey, 771.9906
Organization for Inspiration is an organization by and for artists of all kinds in Milwaukee to organize to inspire positive growth in our community. 

P.U.F.F. - Poor Urban Farmer Fund

Franz Weding AKA The Germanator     

P.U.F.F. was created to provide an opportunity for urban farmers to participate in a work/trade relationship with Weber’s Greenhouses, 4215 N. Green Bay Ave.

Transition Milwaukee

Erik Lindberg, Jessica Cohodes, Terri Kinis, Sharon Harney, Christie Mole, 803.5492
Transition Milwaukee is part of a global movement that empowers people and their communities to create local responses to converging environmental, energy, and economic challenges. 

Volarion Psychic School

Greg Banks
Here to educate and assist with resources for personal development. Our gifts are as diverse as each individual being. Together we can accomplish our dreams

Eight Limbs Housing Co-op

Sarah Zahner, Adrian Lee, Peggy Hong, Christie Mole
Facebook: Eight Limbs Housing Co-op
Eight Limbs Housing Co-op is an intentional community in the formation stage, and is rooted in yoga principles and sustainable living. The community is a partnership with the Riverwest Yogashala.

Concordia Gardens Food Forest

Nicole Rockweit, Philip Nasvik, Barbara Richards, Gretchen Mead, Terri Kinis, Kristin Mauk, Sarah Moore, Sarah Aumann
We’re building community while building a permaculture food forest: little energy input but lots of food and fun!  Annual beds also available. Check us on Facebook!

This is What Democracy Looks Like!

Janine Arseneau, 461.5006
Acknowledging everyone who’s ever spoken truth to power, carried a sign, sat tall, stood up, stood with… when it matters most. Protest is good for you!


Albulena Shabani, 446.0120
Local, independent poet and mobilizer. Member of the 2010 Milwaukee Slam team and the 2010 Milwaukee representative at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Nia technique - Body/Mind Fitness

Barb Wesson
Nia is a fusion fitness and lifestyle practice that utilizes energy and essence of the martial arts, dance, and healing arts.

All phone numbers are 414 area code unless otherwise noted.
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2010 celebration

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2009 Organizers

Organizers who made this event possible tonight include: Olde Godsil of Milw. Renaissance, KT Rusch of Express Yourself Milwaukee, Holly Haebig of Express Yourself Milwaukee, Dasha Kelly of the Still Waters Collective, Sura Faraj, Isaiah Rembert (?), Howard Hinterthauer, Hannah Medrow, James Carlson from Bucketworks, Janine Arsenau, the Merry Band, Embedded Reporter, and Youssouf and Omar of Club Timbuktu.

Sura Faraj

Share Your 2009 Soap Box Moment at the Renaissance!

Olde Godsil Poem “The Story of Loaves and Fishes from the Holy City”

Patrick Schley Reflections On 2006 St. Pat’s at Timbuktu

What a glorious event! I was proud to be invited to participate — and equally proud to be a citizen of Milwaukee. It was a conclave of all that is good in our fair city… for those few hours at Timbuktu, there was no black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor — just PEOPLE, celebrating the accomplishments of the past year, and looking with hope towards the future. Bravo!!

Patrick Schley March 19, 2006

Sura’s Summary of St. Patrick Brigid@Timbuktu 2008

St.Patrick/Brigid’s All City Gathering of Cultural Creators

Emcees: KT Rusch, Holly Haebig, Sura Faraj, Molly Snyder Edler, Nik Kovac
Inspiration: Olde Godsil, Mathibela Sebothoma
Movement: Nia dancers
Music: Embedded Reporter, Howard Hinterthuer, Darryl /Merry Band, Harvey Taylor and Dena Aaronson
Invocation of the Ancestors: George Martin

Soap Box Moment Orators

Tess Reiss, talking about “The Path to the Future”
Barbara Leigh, Milwaukee Public Theatre
June Eastvold, poetry
Ruth Weill for Wendy Mesich, Riverwest Neighborhood Assn
Janine Arsenau for Amy Peterson, Grandmothers Beyond Borders/Tribal Elders Council Gathering
Barb Wesson: Through movement we find health
Ruth Weill, Green Party
Mathi Sebothema, KT, Godsil and Bill Sell read his poem
Jayne Ader, CORE/El Centro
Scott Peterson for Melanie Beres, Citigal magazine
Vince Bushell, Riverwest Currents
Julie Enslow, Peace Action
Holly Haebig and KT Rusch, Express Yourself Milwaukee with a song
Harry Prosen talks about Brian one of his Bonobo patients
Muneer Bahauddeen, Hand-made Ceramic Tile Artist
Lena Taylor, Candidate for County Exec.
Bill Sell, Bike the Hoan
Leah Dobkin, Shorewood Conservation Committee
Suzanne Rosenblatt, Grass Roots sign-up + poem.
Jeff Poniewaz, Earth Poet
Mary Lou Lamonda, MUAN
Andor Horvath, Inventor/Designer ranting about Earth Friendly Technologies
Jon Bales/Leon Todd, Urban Aqua-culture Center
Ann Brummit, MRWG and “Greening Shorewood”
Nicole Bickham + Lance Weinhardt, Paths to a Sustainable Future + Live Local Milwaukee
Patrick Flaherty, Candidate for 3rd District Alder
Nik Kovac, Candidate for 3rd District Alder
Sura Faraj, flag dance
Jill Lackey and Rick Petrie, Urban Anthropology
Chris Papadopoulos, Riverwest Investment Co-op
Elizabeth Crawford, Hang gliding Towards World Peace
Stacy VanDeloo (?) and 3 fairies: Ecopsychology and being free
Erin Garber-Pearson strip tease for Milwaukee Silkscreen Collective
Virginia Cassell, The Young Women’s Institute for Global Studies
James Carlson, Bucketworks
Howard Hinterthuer, Rant about fish discrimination.
Howard Leu, Preservation Progressive Movement
Michael Pettit, puppets
Lisa Sims, Human Righs Torch Rally
Tom Brandstetter and Swee Sims, Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op
Tia Richardson, clothing design
Maria Karpfinger, Guardians of Greenspace, Garden Park, Kellner’s Greenhouse
Olde Godsil, poem

Sura Faraj’s St. Pat Invite to Sustainability Group of Southeast Wisconsin

Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:53 am (PST)

Hey everyone,

This is a great community building event with very progressive folks and also good music and fun.

I think it would be wonderful if some people showed up to talk about different ideas, 2 minutes each, maybe on different topics, like food, solar, transit, etc.

It’s a wonderful, embracing community where you will surely make new friends.

Any takers?
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What’s this about?

Janine Arseneau’s Invite Best Describes…

Greetings, Everyone!

We are invited, and all our friends, to the annual St Patrick/St Brigid celebration of possibilities at Club Timbuktu on Monday, March 17 evening.

I’m writing to you, not only to join in sharing great food, good music and terrific company, but to consider sharing the spotlight/limelight for 2 minutes (the 2 minute soapbox) to let others know about a project, event, process, activity near to your heart. Everything from helping UWM students move in and become part of the neighborhood, to raingardening a neighbrhood, to maintaining a farmers’ market in the heart of the city, to reaching out to grandmothers 9000 miles away, to creating public art, to maintaining the momentum at the CoffeeHouse decades after its beginning to…well, that’s up to you…

Please let me know if you’d like 2 minutes to invite the community to share your vision, passion, possibilities! I so look forward to hearing from you soon (the list of speakers is being created at this very moment)… and to seeing you in March!

With great anticipation of learning the many ways everyday people are weaving the tapestry of Milwaukee, and with heartfelt gratitude to be part of it all with you,
Janine Arseneau




Where is it held?

At Club Timbuktu
African Restaurant and World Music Venue
520 East Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 265 7000 Fax: (414) 265 7004
More about Club Timbuktu at: Journey to Africa


On the 17th of every March
Starting at 6pm if the day falls during the week, at 4 or 5 if it’s on a weekend.

Soap Box Orators and Poets(2 minutes for Each) Signed Up for 2008

Chris Papadopoulos, Riverwest Investment Cooperative
Kieth Schmitz, Grass Roots Northshore
Ruth Weil, Green Party
Michael Pettit
Liz Crawford
Barbara Leigh, Milwaukee Public Theatre
Howard Hinterthuer
Tess Reiss
Ann Brummit
Olde Godsil
Janine Arseneau(I’m assuming)
Kt Rusch
Sura Faraj(I’m assuming)
Holly Haebig
Suzanne Rosenblatt
June Eastvold
John Revord and MNSC (Milwaunkee Network for Social Change)
Barb Wesson, Nia Dancers
Jayne Ader for CORE/El Centro!!
Amy Peterson, Grandmothers Beyond Borders/Tribal Elders Council gathering
Bill Sell, Bike the Hoan
Virginia Cassell,The Young Women’s Institute for Global Studies
James Carlson, Bucketworks
Melanie Beres of Citigal magazine
Vince Bushell, “Riverwest Currents”
Jan Christensen, “Kellner’s Greenhouse Project”
Tegan Dowling, Wiki Gnome for Nonviolent Worm
Mary Lou Lomanda, Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network(MUAN)
Dave Boucher, Amaranth Bakery
Muneer Bahauddeen, Hand-made Ceramic Tile Artist
Stephanie Phillipps, Reclamation Society
Cleo Pruitt, Rebirth of Freedom
Andor Horvath, Inventor/Designer Earth Friendly Technologies
Josephine Hill, Wisconsin African American Women’s Association
Jon Bales/Leon Todd, Urban Aquaculture Center
Nicole Bickam, Paths to a Sustainable Futurebut
Lance Weinhardt, Live Local Milwaukee initiative.
Urban Ecology Center
Urban Anthropology
Jim Draeger, People’s Books Co-op
Leah Dobkin, Shorewood Conservation Committee
Community Conferencing Program
Howard Leu, Preservation Progressive Movement
Peace Action
Riverwest Neighborhood Association
Greening Shorewood,Hannah Luteyn
Erin Garber-Pearson, Milwaukee Silkscreen Collective.
Nik Kovac(I’m assuming)
Harvey Tayler
Jeff Poniewaz, Earth Poets
Tim Bailen

A Special Fifteen Minutes to Introduce Milwaukee’s Bonobo Survival Trailblazers

Barbara Bell, Bonobo Trainer, Milwaukee County Zoo
Harry Prosen(I’m assuming)
Gay Reinartz(perhaps)

Erik Sperling and Michael Helpick Inspired People to Make Their $5 Offering at the Event Doors!

Were it not for their bold but modest efforts, the band and expenses would not have been made! We were able to collect from about 100 folks with probably another 50 getting by one way or another. Next year we’ll do better! It’s all good!

Photo Essay Archives of St. Pats 2005 through 2007


Some Key Concepts Inspiring 2009 Celebration!!Howard Leu’s Photo Album of 2008 Event

Howard Hinterthuer’s Thoughts

Ho’s perspective on the organizing principles behind St. Patrick’s/St. Bridget’s Day Celebration:

  • TRUST: Trust that it will happen. Trust that we will all have a good time. Trust that people with step forward to accomplish some of the minimally required organizational and “day-of” tasks. Trust that if we reach far and wide we will find the people and resources needed to pull it off. It’s sort of like the “think system” in Music Man. If we think hard enough about playing the Minuet in “G”, the skills will magically come to us.
  • CALL UPON PARTICIPANTS IN LAST YEAR’S EVENT: These are the people who possess the cultural memory and vision. They will be motivated to replicate the highlights from previous years.
  • CREATE A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP AMONG ALL PARTICIPANTS: Be certain to consistently deliver that message, saying things like, “I’m so glad you suggested we do this. I’m so glad you are here. I’m so glad you helped to plan this. I’m so glad you talked about your organization and the work it is doing in Pulcrania. I’m so glad you brought Oprah with you. I am so thankful to be here and recognize the wonderful contribution of (insert names here) in making this happen. Etc.” Extend a private personal invitation to each individual attendee to be part of the planning team next year.
  • CREATE BUZZ: Immediately following the event, debrief key participants asking, “What went well? What did you like best? What parts crashed and burned? How can we do better next year? Mention the event periodically throughout the year, keeping it on the collective radar.
  • START EARLY: Keeping the buzz alive will act as a reminder to allow plenty of time to do what needs to be done. Approximate how many weeks it will take to prepare for the event then multiply by two. Contact the likely musicians even earlier. They need extra lead time to get their band personnel lined-up, straightened-out and rehearsed.
  • HAVE A GREAT TIME: There is nothing more contagious than a group of people laughing and enjoying each other.
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