Events Calendar

June 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

Mary Alice Monroe, On Ocean Boulevard cover

Margy Stratton, founder and executive producer of Milwaukee Reads produces this series of events featuring writers of particular interest to women.

Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series and Boswell Books welcome Mary Alice Monroe, author of On Ocean Boulevard, for a virtual, BYOS (bring-your-own-snack) conversation with MKE Read's Margy Stratton on Monday, June 1, 7 pm.

Registration: Register for the free Zoom event here. Order your copy of On Ocean Boulevard from Boswell Book Company here: https://www.boswellbooks.com/book/9781982146948

For more information on upcoming Women's Speaker Series Events, click here.

About On Ocean Boulevard

The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Beach House series in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.

Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. “Authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. With the same heart of conservation, Monroe has written two children’s picture books as well.

Her novels have achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including several Readers’ Choice Awards; the 2014 SC Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing; the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award; RT Lifetime Achievement Award; and the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing. Most recently, Monroe was named by the South Carolina Academy of Authors as a 2018 inductee of the Literary Hall of Fame.

Monroe’s novel A Lowcountry Christmas won a 2017 Southern Book Prize in fiction, awarded by the Southern Indepedent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). In 2011, her novel The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction. It was also selected as a finalist for the 2012 Book of the Year by SIBA.

Monroe’s novel The Beach House was adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame Movie, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell, actress Minka Kelly, and actor Chad Michael Murray. The film premiered exclusively on the network in 2018 and is now available on DVD.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island outside Charleston, South Carolina. She is an active conservationist and serves on the South Carolina Aquarium Board Emeritis, The Leatherback Trust, The Pat Conroy Literary Center Honorary Board, and Casting Carolinas Advisory Board.

She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and blogs.

For additional information on the environmental topics in Mary Alice’s novels, visit her Conservation page.

June 6, 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wild Edible Plants Workshop

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

We see them every day and often do not give them a second glance, however many common plants can provide us with some quick and healthy sustenance. Join Robert Kaleta, one half of Lynden Sculpture Garden's land management staff, as he explores both the natural and formal areas of the Lynden Sculpture Garden in search of wild edible plants. Participants will learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and consume common plants found in Southeast Wisconsin. You will walk away from this workshop with knowledge and resources to help you safely along on your foraging journey, whether it is in the wilderness or in your front yard.

About Robert Kaleta
Robert just finished his first year working at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He has spent about eight years in the field of ecological restoration, and almost a lifetime enjoying what nature has to offer. Somewhere along the way he was introduced to wild edible plants, and the learning has continued ever since. He enjoys all kinds of foraging activities, particularly harvesting wild rice, nuts, berries, and mushrooms. Robert gained his knowledge of edible plants from mentors, workshops, books, and friends and he enjoys sharing this knowledge and excitement with others.

June 20, 2020 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Free to members and dogs, or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also welcome, and in the warmer months, we encourage picnicking.

June 20, 2020 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Family Free Day: Home
June 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Free.

“Home” is the theme for a community-led Free Family Day. Working together with other refugee community leaders, community members, Call & Response artists, and allies, we are building a space of leading, of coming together, and of celebrating refugees. This free outdoor festival celebrates Milwaukee’s refugee communities through art, food, and performance. We invite you to come to the table and to leave with your bellies and hearts full.


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