Gateway to Summer

Bring on the heat – this weather trumps the slush-laden old-snow of February any day. Having enjoyed thoroughly hanging out with new friends and old at last weekend’s Street Eats and the venerable Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy, we are right-and-ready to see you at:

Silver Spring House

6655 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee WI 53209

(between Silver Spring and Good Hope on Green Bay Ave)

Saturday June 10

9pm to 11:30pm

A long-running favorite stop for those-in-the-know featuring full menu and well stocked bar in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Sit outside or in (or stand if you must). I’m thinking of debuting sumathose LED lighty-up thingies to wash drummer Andy in a weird glow – you don’t wanna miss that.

We’ll then be spending a few weekends in Alissa’s home town – Fond Du Lac Wisconsin. Kick things off with the Wine Walk ( at:

Annies Fountain City Cafe

72 S Main Street, Fond Du Lac Wisconsin

Friday June 16 (for the Wine Walk)

4pm to 8pm

We’ve got you morning people covered as well Saturday June 24 let’s stock up on fresh produce at one of the best farmer’s markets in the state

Fond Du Lac Farmer’s Market

Main Street – downtown

Saturday June 24

8am – noon

This culminates with the Rock for Hope event on Saturday July 1 featuring a number of artists and events supporting Salute the Troops.

Full details here:

Which brings us to this issue’s postlogue…

We find ourselves between the holidays Memorial Day and Fourth of July – a prime time to reflect on those whose sacrifice and service protect our republic. A sometimes imperfect union, it remains a nation built on uniquely sound principles and ideals worth striving for – and worth fighting for. I wager that each of us knows at least one veteran whose willingness to place their comfort, life and liberty in jeopardy such that ours be safeguarded is worthy of heartfelt thanks.

The J Ryan trio remains honored and humbled to support veterans through both our flagship charity the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative and the other charities we serve. These fantastic organizations working diligently to propel the Milwaukee and surrounding areas to a brighter future. Links to charities we have recently supported appear below. Check ‘em out – it’s worth the clicks.

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

Salute the Troops Wisconsin

Fisher House Wisconsin

HEAR Wisconsin