Planting Dandelions at Milwaukee’s Lynden Sculpture Garden
If you are younger than 40, you probably don’t recognize the opening lines of the Laverne and Shirley theme song. I had all but forgotten them myself, until I got an invitation a few months ago to visit Milwaukee. Everything I knew about Milwaukee, I learned from that show, and from Happy Days: namely, Milwaukee is where beer comes from, and the fifties happened there.
I knew I wouldn’t be reading at a brewery or drive-in, but those were the images I had in mind as I flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday. They fell and drifted away as my host, Margy, drove me along the lakeshore and through gorgeously wooded neighborhoods to the Lynden Sculpture Garden, where I read and signed books for a fabulous group of thoroughly modern women. No beer was served, but there was wine and an extremely tasty array of Wisconsin cheese. I don’t remember Laverne or Shirley ever sitting down to a plate of artisanal grass-fed gouda, do you?
It was a wonderful evening. I love to read, and it’s rare that I am alloted enough time to read a chapter in its entirety. I chose D-I-Y Spells DIE, and talked a little bit about the importance of embracing life’s less Pinteresting moments. It was past ten o’clock before the last book was signed, so I came back to the Lynden the next morning to see the sculpture garden by day.
Did you know Wisconsin was so pretty?
And so cultured?
And so modern?
I didn’t. But from what I could tell during my brief visit…
…it seems like my kind of place.
Thanks for having me, Milwaukee Reads!
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