Music Under Glass in March!

Music Under Glass finishes the Thursday night concert season!

Join us for Music Under Glass at The Domes. Performance schedule is below with light shows at the break and following the concert from 6:30-9pm. Look for the VMP’s sponsor table for information and goodies!

March Schedule:

March 1 – Twang Dragons, Country & Rock Mix

March 8 – Orpheus, Reggae & Ska

March 15 – Paddygrass, Irish Bluegrass (St. Patrick’s Day Party!)

March 22 – Caribbean Eclipse Steel Drum Band, Caribbean (The “Be Happy” Beach Party – The sands, music & fun of a beach vacation!)

For more information, check out VMPcares or Milwaukee County Parks website.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

A Milwaukee Favorite Returns

Get Your Game On With The Midwest’s Trophy Class Sports Show Often called the granddaddy of Midwestern sports shows, the Journal Sentinel Sports Shows dates back to 1941 with exhibitors, demonstrations, retailers and experts from throughout North America. Loaded each year with new features and returning favorites, the show thrills outdoor enthusiasts with entertainment for all ages and excitement for every skill level.

The 72nd Annual Sports Show lineup will include demonstrations, competitions, instructional seminars and one-on-one face time with experts and vendors in the areas of hunting, fishing, camping, dog retrieving and training, kayaking and canoeing, archery and target shooting as well as boats, travel and more.

Enjoy a day of fun with your family and friends, all for less than the cost of a movie!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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“Roger Boll” at Park Place Dining

Park Place Dinner Event – “Roger Boll”

Tuesday, March 6 – 5:00 pm

RSVP by Feb. 28 at (414) 607-4186

$17/person including meal

We have had Roger Boll appearing at VMP and people thought he was great, so we’re bringing him back!  He plays a reedless accordion which has hundreds of sounds built into it.  He is a one man band playing songs from the 1920’s through the 1970’s.  So tap your toes and sing along.  Menu will feature an entrée of Fruited Pork Roast.

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Tripoli Shrine Circus in Milwaukee

Tripoli Shrine Circus 

February 23-26, 2012

U.S. Cellular Arena

Tickets: $32 VIP Ringmaster, $27 Spectacular Seats, $20 Reserved, $18 GA Adult, $9 GA Super Saver

America’s Original 3-Ring Circus! We search over land and sea to bring you the best circus performers in the world today. The circus is a combination of strength & skill, beauty & mystery. With amazing lighting and sound, watch as our human and animal performers* transform you into the magical world of circus. The circus is a fun family adventure that is for everyone.

Your Hostess

Our very own Ringmistress Michelle Audrey! She begins with an atmosphere of pure excitement created by our intelligent lighting! She calls the shots and directs your circus fun as one of the only female Ring Mistresses in the circus world today.

 Magnificent Elephants

Ponderous Pachyderms provide tons and tons of picturesque pyramids with a flair! Magnificent mammals monumental maneuverings in the ring! What’s a circus without elephants? With the most talented herd in the circus world today, you’re surely to be entertained and wowed by these graceful wonders.

Majestic Tigers & Lions
Bruno Blaszak – Rage in the Cage

It’s a matter of opinion whether these exciting felines from the jungle are more wild than their trainer from Poland. You decide, but either way you’ll be amazed. Bruno Blasak is an incomparable tiger trainer. Coming from a family of professional animal trainers, Bruno’s cats are mostly trained in Polish. Affectionate and rewarding you’ll hear Bruno congratulate his feline friends as they execute their leaps, lay downs and rollovers, demonstrating their grandeur right before your eyes.

 The Marinof Duo

Direct from the Bucharest State Circus in Romania the dazzling Marinof Duo thrills and entertains. Without a doubt one of the most sensational circus acts from Europe, you’ll be amazed at their courageous and beautiful feats, high above in the air. Their acrobatic maneuvers, while suspended high above the circus ring, are as graceful as a ballet, yet daring and very dangerous with no net below. No margin for error, as this dynamic couple moves through their signature moves including hanging only by their feet or toes. You’ll be thrilled by this one of a kind aerial act, not to be missed


High in the air, bounding with perfect balance and precision timing, these balance specialist from around the world, take the skies with their acrobatics and spiral through space!

 The Mighty Bo

The Star of our Show, the Mighty Bo — the largest performing elephant on the planet! This majestic pachyderm entertains the audience with his graceful and talented moves. Bo will perform a routine from the more than 60 tricks he has learned. His favorite treat after showing off for his circus fans are red apples and sweet grain.

Cavorting Clowns

Our ragbag rascal rambunctiously rambling clown comes into the ring to entertain and amuse you. His crazy antics and wacky charm tickles your fancy and win your heart! This dippy diplomat of dynamic delight from Chile brings laughter and joy to audiences.

The Georgettes Magic Extravaganza

Unmatched in the Circus World today, watch as our lovely beauties entertain you with their dancing, rope work and synchronized routines. Hailing from all over the world, the International Georgettes bring circus dreams to life with their beautiful smiles and remarkable ability, all while dangling from a rope high above you. You’ll delight in the levity the Georgettes bring to your circus experience.

The Milwaukee Circus

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St. Valentine’s Story on Valentine’s Day!

The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “christianize” celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

The boys then sliced the goat’s hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D. The Roman “lottery” system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine’s Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexicao, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”

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“Greater Tuna” at Sunset

“Greater Tuna” – Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove

Sunday, March 4 – 1:15 pm departure

RSVP by Feb. 20 at 414-607-4186

$66/person including meal

Tuna, Texas can proudly boast to be the “third smallest town” in the Lone Star state and home to some of the wackiest local characters around.  All the local business that is fit to talk about in Tuna hits the airwaves on Tuna’s local radio station, shining a spotlight on the fine upstanding citizens and their small town way of dealing with life.  Two actors portray over 20 of Tuna’s crazy characters in the “tour de farce” that is a comedy triumph with costume changes and character flips that will amaze and astound audiences.  Following the play, dinner will be at Park Place Dining Room featuring Bruschetta Chicken, Garlic Butter Pasta, soup or salad, vegetable and dessert.

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