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Late for The Fall Crawl, I thought all the good Artful Bowls might be taken. With 500 bowls at the start, there were still plenty of beautiful ones to choose from. Mine was lovingly made and signed by Ginger from Waukesha South.
Community members create all these wonderful works of pottery which are sold to raise money for Art Links, a studio serving adults with disabilities (many of the bowls were made by them). After purchase the bowls are filled with a soup choice or, new this year, ice cream donated by local restaurants. Though it would have been nice to be lured into a variety of shops with the offer of different soups or ice creams at each, I can see where it might've been a little messy or expensive. I enjoyed one warm bowl of vegetable and took advantage of the complimentary bowl wash.
I ate at a table already occupied by a mature couple. Their name tags told me they were helping with ACAP (Adaptive Community Approach Program), and their ice cream told me they were about done for the night. Turns out I was talking to the parents of a certain former county executive. Parents of a community-minded individual giving back to the community themselves as volunteers is a good reflection on them. They're likely a main reason Dan is as successful as he is.
Speaking of parents of good kids... After soup at Art Links I walked up Main to see what else was going on, stopping at Martha Merrell's. Noticed a little display still up from a recent book signing. The last name looked familiar, yet just unusual enough to be rather unique to this area. The author, Bob Kascht, is from Waukesha and I wondered if he is the dad of Retzer's naturalist. Norm thought he was, but paging through the book we couldn't find mention or see a single picture of Larry. I bought the book. He is.
The book Good Genes, Luck, Lots of Prayers is a fairly humorous memoir of Mr. Kascht's life on the farm, as a doctor and everything in between. It's interesting to me because it gives a little background to a gentleman I greatly admire, Larry, and was written with much help from a Waukesha teacher I admire, Jackie. I haven't finished the book yet, but already know that dad has as much appreciation of nature as son.
Besides good parents raising good kids, another connection between these two sets of parents? Bob's son is a naturalist at Retzer and ACAP, of which Dan's mom is president, does a lot of volunteering at Retzer - they made the yummy caramel apples for Apple Harvest Festival.
Before heading home I wanted to check out the new art supply store at 375 W Main, Masterpiece Art Supply. There I found interesting tools, art kits and such, as well as donated items for the silent auction to support five art crawls a year. The mayor and his lovely wife were in attendance as was new, abstract photographer, Jennifer Anderson. She displays a mastery of her SLR digital camera and offers a wide variety of some of the least expensive, most beautifully framed artwork in the city. It was a pleasure meeting her and I'll be looking forward to seeing her work in a gallery someday soon.