Key Milwaukee

September 2012

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Indian Summer Festival showcases exciting new features INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL, North America's largest American Indian festival, celebrates the theme "Stories to Tell" and the importance of story- tellers at Milwaukee's lakefront Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) from Sept. 7-9. The festival provides an entertaining, fun and educational experience with American Indian traditions joined by exciting contemporary features. New this year are Apache Crown Dancers, canoe rides, RandyMan (wildlife biologist and naturalist who specializes in reptiles and amphibians ), and the exhibition Native Words, Native Warriors from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Other must-see events include the popular 9th Annual Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA), stunning Competition Pow Wow and spectacular fireworks display Friday and Saturday evenings – featuring the grand Torch-lit Canoe Procession. Entertainment includes nationally known contem- porary as well as traditional performers. Eating is entertainment at summer festivals, and the options here include traditional fare and "fun food." Other features include village recreations, children's fashion show, Circle of Fine Art exhibi- tion space, marketplace and Natural Path area. The festival is truly family-friendly, since part of the festival grounds are designated a traditional area, where alcohol is not allowed for sale or con- sumption. Education Day is held on Friday prior to the official opening at 4 p.m., with the grounds only open to school children and their teachers. Friday, Sept. 7: Free from 4 to 6 p.m., with dona- tion of school supplies (sponsored by North Star Mohican Casino Resort) and 4 p.m.-midnight for PANTHERFEST ticket holders. There are special admission deals for the festival. Sunday, Sept. 9: Free to participants in Dylan's 5K Run & Walk for Autism, Free from 9:30 to 10 a.m., for those attending the 10 a.m. non-denominational Indian Summer Prayer Ceremony, with donation of school supplies. Free all day to disabled individuals, military personnel, veterans and first responders with ID. Regular festival hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 (advance), $13 (gate) for adults and children 12 and under are free. Seniors age 60+ will be admitted for $10 at the gate. For more information, 414-604-1000,, Twitter and Facebook. Principal Sponsor is the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation. Title Sponsors are North Star Mohican Casino Resort and the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, MillerCoors, Looking Glass Productions, Sonsee Array Creative and Lanex.

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