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Wisconsin Teens Compete for Coveted Mail Boat Jumper Jobs on Lake Geneva

Wisconsin Teens Compete for Coveted Mail Boat Jumper Jobs on Lake Geneva

Every summer, Wisconsin teens eagerly vie for the prestigious role of Mail Boat jumper on Lake Geneva, a unique and exhilarating tradition that has captivated locals and tourists alike. The U.S. Mailboat Walworth, a centerpiece of this tradition, delivers mail to the houses encircling the picturesque lake. In 2024, this remarkable service celebrates its 108th year of operation, continuing to blend history with athleticism and community spirit. High school and college-aged applicants undergo a rigorous selection process, showcasing their agility and precision as they leap from the moving Mailboat Walworth onto piers dotting the lake. The job is no simple task—the boat never stops moving, requiring jumpers to deliver the mail to mailboxes and retrieve any outgoing mail before expertly hopping back onto the boat. Those who misjudge their timing often find themselves taking an unexpected dip in the lake. The tryouts are a spectacle in themselves. Potential jumpers demonstrate their physical prowess, but that’s only part of the challenge. They must also impress judges with their ability to serve as tour guides. During the Mailboat Tour, jumpers provide historical narration to passengers, sharing fascinating stories and insights about Lake Geneva. Judges evaluate their speaking skills and knowledge of local history, ensuring that only the most well-rounded candidates are selected. Athletic skill alone isn’t enough; a successful jumper must also be an engaging and informative tour guide. Passengers on Lake Geneva Cruise Line's U.S. Mailboat Tour get a front-row seat to this unique competition. As the Mailboat makes its rounds, they witness the jumpers in action, adding an extra layer of excitement to the scenic tour. For those on board, it’s an opportunity to experience a living piece of Lake Geneva’s history and cheer on the aspiring jumpers as they navigate their challenging and dynamic roles. This annual tradition not only keeps the legacy of mail delivery by boat alive but also fosters a sense of community and adventure among the young participants. As Lake Geneva looks forward to another year of this time-honored practice, both locals and visitors alike celebrate the spirit and dedication of the Mailboat jumpers who continue to make it all possible.

Game Night Every Night At Punch Bowl Social In Fulton Market

Game Night Every Night At Punch Bowl Social In Fulton Market

Punch Bowl Social has always welcomed guests for bowling, karaoke and other games. But now, every Wednesday night from 4-8 p.m. Punch Bowl Social celebrates the power of collective play with Game Night. Every table will enjoy free chips and salsa while playing everything from Settlers of Catan to Cards Against Humanity. Punch Bowl Social maintains dozens of free game titles in-house, and guests are always invited to bring in their own, as well. While playing with your posse, guests can enjoy a wide array of shareable plates and punches, perfect for every celebration. For more information visit [punchbowlsocial.com](https://punchbowlsocial.com/).

The One With Peter Jesperson & His 50 Years In Music, Strange Cargo In Andersonville, C2E2, Halfway

The One With Peter Jesperson & His 50 Years In Music, Strange Cargo In Andersonville, C2E2, Halfway

This week, delve into the captivating journey of Peter Jesperson and his remarkable 50 years in the music industry. Discover the eclectic wonders of Strange Cargo in Andersonville, immerse yourself in the vibrant universe of C2E2, embrace the spooky spirit of Halfway to Halloween, and uncover the hidden gems of The Getaway in Lincoln Square. Join us for an extraordinary peek behind the curtain in this week's edition of Stories From The 78. ![](/src/content/stories/images/strange-cargo-web.webp "Stange Cargo") Check out more, [here.](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-78/id1744064609) ![](/src/content/stories/images/peter-jesperson-web.webp "Peter Jesperson")

Winnetka Music Festival Set to Rock This Weekend

Winnetka Music Festival Set to Rock This Weekend

The vibrant village of Winnetka is set to come alive with the sounds of music this weekend as the annual Winnetka Music Festival kicks off. This much-anticipated event, now in its 8th year, promises a stellar lineup of performances, food, and family fun, drawing music lovers from across the region. Starting on Friday, June 14th, and continuing through Saturday, June 15th, the festival will feature multiple stages across downtown Winnetka. Attendees can look forward to an eclectic mix of genres, from indie rock and folk to jazz and blues. Headlining this year's festival are renowned artists Band Of Horses, Milky Chance, and Michigander, alongside a host of talented local and emerging musicians. In addition to the musical acts, the Winnetka Music Festival offers a variety of food and beverage options, with local vendors and food trucks serving up a delicious array of treats. Craft beer enthusiasts will not be disappointed, as several local breweries will be on hand to provide refreshing beverages. The festival is designed to be family-friendly, with a dedicated Kids Zone offering activities and entertainment for younger attendees. From face painting to interactive musical workshops, there's something for everyone to enjoy. "We're thrilled to bring the community together once again for a weekend of great music and fun," said Val Haller, cofounder of the Winnetka Music Festival and founder of Valslist.com. "The Winnetka Music Festival is all about celebrating the joy of live music and supporting artists, both local and national." The festival is free to attend, with VIP passes available for those looking for an enhanced experience, including exclusive seating and meet-and-greet opportunities with some of the performers. For those planning to attend, public transportation and ride-sharing are recommended, as parking in downtown Winnetka can be limited. Detailed schedules and a map of the festival grounds can be found on the official Winnetka Music Festival website. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a memorable weekend of music, community, and fun at the Winnetka Music Festival.

Join the Fun: 'Summer Camp' Sketch Revue Premieres This Friday

Join the Fun: 'Summer Camp' Sketch Revue Premieres This Friday

Do you remember spending summers at camp as a kid? Ever worked at a summer camp? Always wanted to go? Sorry Improv presents *Summer Camp: A Sketch Revue*, a nostalgic and hilarious show that brings all the best memories and characters from summer camp to life. *Summer Camp: A Sketch Revue* explores the excitement and terrors of working at and attending sleepaway camp through the eyes of counselors, parents, campers, and even the camp ghost(s). This show promises to put a new twist on those cherished summer memories. Opening at iO Theater’s Weed Cabaret on Friday, June 14 and running through July 19, each performance will transport audience members to a nature-filled, silly, and unpredictable summer camp experience. Led by a staff that can only be described as glorified babysitters, you'll sing camp songs, make friendship bracelets, and laugh out loud with Sorry Improv. Formed in January 2023 by iO’s New Team Smell, Sorry Improv is composed of multi-talented Chicago performers Francesca Bucci, Hayden Burke, Anderson Freitas, Elizabeth Fulton, John More, Anna Ross, Danny Sabo, Mitch Shepperd, and Diana Smith. The show is co-produced by Francesca Bucci, Anna Ross, and Jack Stalter, and directed by Francesca Bucci. *Summer Camp: A Sketch Revue* guarantees an engaging and hilarious show filled with nostalgia. Since 1981, iO Theater has inspired and trained generations of America’s greatest comedic talents, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jason Sudeikis, and Tim Meadows. Located at 1501 N Kingsbury in Lincoln Park, iO Theater remains a staple of the Chicago comedy community. Tickets for *Sorry Improv’s Summer Camp: A Sketch Revue* are available for $25, or $20 with the discount code CAMP5. For more information and tickets, visit [ioimprov.com](http://ioimprov.com).

Former Playboy Model, Bodybuilder Pens Psychological Triller About Fitness Industry

Former Playboy Model, Bodybuilder Pens Psychological Triller About Fitness Industry

Chicago-based Lori Brand is a lifting enthusiast, group fitness instructor, yoga teacher, and software quality engineer. In her diverse past, she has been a gymnast, dancer, Playboy model, and bodybuilder. Her experiences in the world of body competition led her to the realization that getting strong, rather than shrinking, is the true path to empowerment. To spread this message, Lori has had articles published in STRONG Fitness Magazine, T-Nation, Inside Fitness Magazine, D’FYNE Fitness Magazine, and more. Her new book, *Bodies to Die For*, centers around popular fitness influencer Gemma, who has transformed herself from a "Before" into an "After" with washboard abs, a thriving business, and a gorgeous husband. However, social media can be deceiving. Offline, the cutthroat world of bikini bodybuilding threatens to consume her—if she's not first destroyed by the secret nemesis lurking beneath her polished exterior. Meanwhile, software engineer Ashley is struggling with her weight and frustration. She’s tired of failed diets, societal pressure to shrink, biased doctors, online trolls, and even her own mother. Ashley finds solace in a radical sect of Fat Activists who are fighting back against diet culture by any means necessary. For the first time, she feels alive and purposeful, willing to do whatever it takes to ride this high, dismantle Diet Culture, and win the approval of her charismatic leader. Buy Lori's book, [here.](https://www.loribrandwrites.com/)

The 'I Am A Man' Mural In Wicker Park

The 'I Am A Man' Mural In Wicker Park

Have you seen the Wicker Park "I Am A Man" mural? This striking piece of art honors a pivotal moment in Black history and is located off the Blue Line in Wicker Park. Standing more than 30 feet tall, the black-and-white mural graces the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wood and Wolcott streets. It depicts the iconic image of a Black man holding a sign that reads, "I AM A MAN." This project, led by Darius Dennis with artists Ephraim Gebre, Robin Alcantara, and Jared Diaz, is the first in a series of three similar murals planned throughout Chicago. Hand-painted mural in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. Located on the corner of N. Milwaukee and Wolcott. Painted and organized by Jared Diaz, Darius Dennis, Ephraim Gebre, and Robin Alcantara. The mural recreates a photograph taken by Bob Adelman during the funeral for Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 in Memphis. King was in Memphis to support the sanitation workers' strike, where the "I AM A MAN" sign was prominently displayed by workers advocating for their civil rights. Tragically, King was assassinated the day after his visit, during which he delivered his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. The "I AM A MAN" sign has since become a powerful symbol in civil rights protests. See more art, [here](https://jareddiaz.com/i-am-a-man).

Kuma's Corner: A Beacon of Burgers and Metal in Avondale, Chicago

Kuma's Corner: A Beacon of Burgers and Metal in Avondale, Chicago

Buried in (in one of the coolest neghborhods in the world) the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, Kuma's Corner stands as a unique culinary and cultural landmark. Renowned for its exceptional burgers and unabashed celebration of heavy metal music, Kuma's has carved out a niche that attracts food enthusiasts and metalheads alike. The restaurant offers more than just a meal; it provides an experience that is as audacious and unforgettable as the music it reveres. From the moment patrons step through the doors of Kuma's Corner, they are enveloped in an atmosphere that boldly fuses the worlds of gastronomy and metal. The restaurant's decor is a homage to the genre, with album covers, band posters, and metal memorabilia adorning the walls. This thematic coherence extends to the menu, where each burger is named after a legendary metal band or song, adding a playful yet reverent twist to the dining experience. Kuma's culinary philosophy centers on crafting the best burgers possible, and they achieve this with a meticulous focus on quality and creativity. Each burger is a masterpiece, featuring a robust, juicy patty made from premium beef, topped with an array of gourmet ingredients that push the boundaries of traditional burger fare. From the "Led Zeppelin" with its bacon, cheddar, and BBQ sauce, to the "Metallica," which boasts blue cheese and hot sauce, every item on the menu is a testament to culinary innovation and flavor. The connection between [Kuma's Corner](https://kumascorner.com/) and heavy metal is more than superficial; it is the lifeblood of the establishment. Music blares from the speakers, creating an energetic and immersive environment that is both welcoming and invigorating. This commitment to metal is not just a marketing gimmick but a genuine passion shared by the staff and owners, who infuse their love for the genre into every aspect of the restaurant. The result is a space where patrons can enjoy their meals while headbanging to classic and contemporary metal tracks. Beyond its culinary and musical allure, Kuma's Corner plays a significant role in fostering a sense of community within Avondale. The restaurant embraces an ethos of inclusivity, welcoming individuals from all walks of life to partake in its unique blend of food and music. This spirit of acceptance is palpable, creating a sense of belonging that resonates with patrons and makes them feel like part of the Kuma's family. Kuma's Corner is not just a restaurant; it is a cultural institution that embodies the spirit of Avondale. Its unwavering dedication to quality, creativity, and community has earned it a loyal following and a reputation as one of Chicago's must-visit dining destinations. Whether you're a die-hard metal fan or simply in search of the best burger in town, Kuma's Corner promises an experience that is as bold and unforgettable as the music it celebrates.

Celebrating 48 Years of The Alley: A Journey Through Punk Culture, Art, and Music

Celebrating 48 Years of The Alley: A Journey Through Punk Culture, Art, and Music

For nearly half a century, The Alley has stood as a beacon of counterculture in Chicago, a place where creativity, chaos, and community converge. Founded by Mark Thomas, The Alley has grown from a single store into a cultural landmark, encompassing not just the punk aesthetic but also a thriving art colony and music scene. As we approach the 48th anniversary of The Alley, we're excited to celebrate with a block party on June 9th that will highlight everything that makes this place so unique. The Alley's 48th Anniversary Block Party is more than just an event; it is a celebration of a rich history and a vibrant culture that has shaped Chicago's punk scene and beyond. From its eclectic fashion shows and unique hearse competitions to the open studios of the Art Colony and live music from The Music Factory, the block party offers something for everyone. Join us on June 9th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at The Alley, located at 2620 W Fletcher St, Chicago, IL 60618. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, visit our event website at [www.thealleyblockparty.com](http://www.thealleyblockparty.com). Mark Thomas is more than just the founder of The Alley; he is a dedicated curator of punk culture and an avid art collector. His travels around the world have brought a diverse and eclectic mix of influences to The Alley, creating a space where everyone from seasoned punk enthusiasts to curious newcomers can find something that resonates with them. In the '90s, Mark's passion for art and music led to the establishment of the Art Colony and Music Factory, expanding The Alley's influence and cementing its status as a cultural hub. #### Block Party Activities: A Celebration of Creativity and Community The 48th Anniversary Block Party on June 9th promises a day full of exciting activities and entertainment. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect: * **DIY Fashion Show:** Watch as 50 Alley customers take to the runway, showcasing their unique styles and favorite Alley gear. This fashion show is all about self-expression and creativity, embodying the spirit of The Alley. * **Hearse Competition:** The Chicago Hard Core Hearse Club will be rolling in with 25 of their finest hearses, competing for trophies and the ultimate bragging rights. This unusual and fascinating event is sure to be a crowd favorite. * **Art Colony:** Explore the open studios of the Art Colony, where tenants and local artists will be displaying their works. This is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and see their creative processes up close. * **Live Music:** Enjoy performances by six bands from The Music Factory, a hidden gem within The Alley family. Bands like Animal Factory, Highdiver, and Schrachee have built loyal followings with their electrifying performances, and they are ready to rock the block party. **The Art Colony: A Sanctuary for Artists** The Art Colony within The Alley serves as a supportive environment for both renowned and emerging artists. It is a hub for local talent, providing a platform for artists such as Jon Langford, Walter Fydryck, George Chakos, and Kirk Rohbaugh. Additionally, emerging artists like Courtney Boatwright, Tim Hartford, and Adam Helman are making their mark here. The Art Colony is more than just a collection of studios; it is a community where artists can collaborate, inspire each other, and grow. #### The Music Factory: Breeding Ground for Local Bands Since its inception in 1982 at 1019 W Lake Street, The Music Factory has been a nurturing ground for local bands. It has helped bands like Animal Factory, Highdiver, and Schrachee develop their sounds and gain loyal followings. Despite flying under the radar, these bands are ready to take center stage at the block party, bringing their high-energy performances to a wider audience. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the creativity, chaos, and community that have made The Alley a beloved Chicago landmark for nearly half a century.

Old Town Art Fair Returns For Its 74th Year

Old Town Art Fair Returns For Its 74th Year

The Old Town Art Fair will be held on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 2024, in the heart of Chicago's charming Old Town Triangle Historic District. Voted the #1 Art Fair in America, this event features over 200 nationally acclaimed artists and attracts an estimated 15,000 art enthusiasts. Attendees can enjoy a Garden Walk, live music, a food court, and a Children’s Corner. The fair is open rain or shine, with gates opening Saturday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Proceeds from the Old Town Art Fair benefit the Old Town Triangle Association, the Menomonee Club, local schools, arts and cultural programs, children's programs, and historic and architectural preservation projects. This entirely volunteer-run event supports the community through its various charitable contributions. [Click here for more info.](https://www.oldtownartfair.org/)

23 Local Vendors At Glenwood Sunday Market

23 Local Vendors At Glenwood Sunday Market

The nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) is excited to announce the 23 vendors for the 15th anniversary season of the Glenwood Sunday Market. The market will run every Sunday from June 2 to October 27 (except for June 30 and August 18) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held on southbound Glenwood Avenue between Morse and Lunt Avenues, on the west side of the CTA Red Line Morse stop. This season's market features a diverse range of products, including meat, produce, dairy, honey, baked goods, sweets, coffee, tofu, popsicles, and flowers. Additionally, free kids' activities have been newly added to enhance the market experience. Established in 2009 through the grassroots efforts of the Rogers Park community, the Glenwood Sunday Market has played a significant role in supporting the local food system, generating revenue for farmers, stimulating regional economic growth, combating food insecurity, and fostering a community space. In 2023, the market had a substantial economic impact, providing an immediate benefit of approximately $1.5 million to farmers and food artisans. The 23 vendors served over 40,000 shoppers, resulting in $620,000 spent at adjacent businesses and a total economic impact of $4.7 million on the community. Additionally, $34,000 was raised for food access initiatives in Rogers Park. The Glenwood Sunday Market has evolved into a vibrant hub, attracting both residents and visitors while fostering a strong sense of community spirit. Donations to support the market's continued positive impact can be made at [www.glenwoodsundaymarket.org](https://www.glenwoodsundaymarket.org/).

Fee Concert At Pullman National Historical Park

Fee Concert At Pullman National Historical Park

Experience live music like never before at one of Chicago’s most unique venues! The National Park Service (NPS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are excited to present a free concert featuring the indie-folk band, National Park Radio. [Event Details:](https://www.nps.gov/pull/index.htm) Date: June 8, 2024 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Pullman National Historical Park and State Historic Site, 610 E. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628 This special outdoor concert will take place on the east side of the historic Car Works and the NPS Visitor Center. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music under the open sky. Please note that on-site seating is limited, so come early to secure your spot. No tickets or reservations are required, making it easy for everyone to take part in this extraordinary event at Chicago’s first National Park Site. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to enjoy live music in a historic and scenic setting.

Chicago Union: Dominating the Ultimate Frisbee Scene

Chicago Union: Dominating the Ultimate Frisbee Scene

The Chicago Union, a premier team in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), has quickly become a powerhouse in the ultimate frisbee world. Representing the vibrant and sports-crazed city of Chicago, the Union is known for its high-energy play, strategic prowess, and an unyielding spirit that has endeared it to fans both locally and nationally. Founded in 2013, the team has seen a steady rise in performance and popularity, showcasing some of the most talented athletes in the league. Their matches are a thrilling blend of athleticism, teamwork, and tactical execution, making them a must-watch for any ultimate frisbee enthusiast. The Union's home games at Martin Stadium create an electric atmosphere, drawing in crowds with their spectacular plays and community-focused events. The team's commitment to engaging with fans and fostering a love for the sport extends beyond the field, with various youth programs and community initiatives aimed at growing ultimate frisbee in the Chicago area. As the Chicago Union continues to chase championships and elevate the sport, they remain a beacon of excellence and passion in the ultimate frisbee community. Whether you're a long-time fan or new to the game, the Union's dedication and thrilling performances are sure to leave a lasting impression. Join the wave and support the Chicago Union as they aim for ultimate glory. Find your tickets, [here.](https://watchufa.com/union/stadium-1)

Whiskey Wisdom At Untitled Supper Club

Whiskey Wisdom At Untitled Supper Club

If you love whiskey, you'll want to head to Untitled. Whiskey Wisdom is a monthly five-course dinner, expertly paired with three rare whiskey pours and two crafted whiskey cocktails. Our brand ambassadors will be on-site to share the stories and intricacies behind these exceptional whiskies. Up Next: Garrison Brothers They are excited to feature the renowned Garrison Brothers for the June edition of Whiskey Wisdom! [Your Ticket Includes:](https://untitledsupperclub.com/whiskey-wisdom-series/) * A delectable five-course dinner from our award-winning kitchen * Three straight pours of Garrison Brothers' finest expressions * Two exclusive Garrison Brothers cocktails, masterfully crafted by our Beverage Manager, Krys Irizarry Garrison Brothers' Midwest Regional Manager, Danny Pawelski, will be present to provide insights into the brand and these featured expressions: * Honey Dew Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 80 Proof * Balmorhea Texas Straight Bourbon - 115 Proof * Guadalupe Texas Straight Bourbon - 107 Proof Dancing, live music, cabaret, burlesque and whiskey...

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