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Features > Milwaukee, WI (June 2008) > Pridefest (The Flood of 2008) & a visit to Beth's Barn


Pridefest is an annual GLBT festival (of the many Milwaukee summer festivals) and was held June 6-8, 2008 at the Henry Maier Festival Park along the lake in downtown Milwaukee. Tondalia, her son, and I met up at the festival in the middle of the day. Later in the afternoon I had to volunteer at a booth and sadly the giant thunderstorm (complete with tornado warning) and downpour put a bit of a damper on the event, but it was certainly an adventure!
Later that evening Daniel and I visited our friend Beth and got to see her amazing octagonal barn near Cedarburg.


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Tondalia poses at the fountain


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It was still early in the day, but Martine Locke was performing on one of the side stages, it was an entertaining show.


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Pride flags and the US Bank building


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Equal opportunity in belly dancing!


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A neat quilt/afghan in pride colors


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Hmmm...I bet if you own a fry stand you could just put up different flags for each festival and have a very diverse summer


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Even the sewer grates got a bit festive, I like the nice "No Dumping, Drains to Lake Michigan" but it is a bit small especially if I'm dumping something big I'm afraid I might not see the little fish but it's better than nothing and raises awareness


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In the late afternoon all the nice rainbow boas and everything else was soaked!


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While there were a lot of people in the dance pavillion and they were screaming with delight at the weather and/or music, I thought a tornado might like to tear down a big sheet metal structure much more than the main admission gate/merchandise brick structure where I weathered the storm. Also less danger of having to dance...


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I guess this is an all weather golf cart


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After all that it was nice to visit Daniel's friend Beth's house for a great dinner and tour of her great property. Here are remnants of chips and salsa/guac.


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The quiche was also very yummy


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The furnishings included some great antiques


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Lets hope these are drool-proof antiques...


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Coffee bag window shades!


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Note the clock wasn't exactly on time


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The cow says moo...even on the refrigerator - now IN the refrigerator the cow doesn't say much...


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This was an entertaining interpretation of "pipe dream"


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More antiques (and a bit spooky)


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Beth's daughter Charlotte


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This was evidently an antique blackface doll


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This is the house's pet cemetery


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This pet hasn't died yet, but it's tough to tell really


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Foooooood!


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Beth and Charlotte


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Beth kindly making even more great guac!


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Beth has an octagonal barn on her property and keeps her horses there - it's really neat


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Hay is for...horses


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In a way this is also for the hay...


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Downstairs level of the barn (where the horses have stalls)


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Note to self...horses don't like flash photography (after this they freaked out for a second) but luckily that's why we have wooden fences...


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Pretty horse


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An octagonal barn


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Beth's non-octagonal house

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