To keep Between the Bars – and you – up-to-date, this weekly post provides a compilation of both the amusing and the significant (mostly the amusing) local stories from the last few days that I've found by keeping a sharp eye on the local newswire. Enjoy the wealth of information, dear readers. You deserve it.
• Milwaukee's first cheese factory, Clock Shadow Creamery, officially opened over the weekend after being approved for its dairy plant license, says OnMilwaukee.com. Yeah, I know, given our reputation you would’ve thought this wouldn’t be the city’s first. Well, it is. Named for the nearby Allen-Bradley Clock Tower, Clock Shadow Creamery hopes to grow interest in urban cheese making and bring a new stink of dairy to 2nd Street.
• White Russians flowed and bowling shirts were aplenty during Lebowski Fest, the celebration of all things "The Big Lebowski" that happened over the weekend in Milwaukee. The organizers implied that their stop here was the most enthusiastic response the event had ever received. Because of this, the festival co-organizer all but confirmed that Lebowski Fest would return to the city soon, reports the Journal Sentinel.
• Miller Park was named baseball's best stadium in ESPN's Battle of the Ballparks, a poll pitting major-league stadiums against one another in a bracket-style competition. But before taking top honors, Miller Park was seeded 24th overall, which made Milwaukee faithfuls feel like they had received a backhand to the face. Feeling slighted, fans hopped on social media to encourage folks to vote for Miller Park, which ultimately worked as Miller Park steamrolled each opponent and eventually knocked out San Francisco's AT&T Park in the championship round. Never underestimate Wisconsin sports fans!
• Wednesday and Thursday are going to be hot. To keep Milwaukeeans from melting, officials at the Milwaukee County Parks have announced extended hours of operation for several of the county's pools and splash pads. TMJ4 news has a complete list of locations and times.
• Oh, there’s this gigantic music festival kicking off this Wednesday. I don’t know if you’ve heard anything about it... Get down to Henry Maier Festival Park and enjoy the Big Gig’s opening week.
Original photo from Flickr.com (Creative Commons) by Jeramey Jannene