Archive for April, 2009

Smelt, a rite of spring April 17, 2009

For 58 years the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82  has geared up for their all-you-can-eat Smelt Dinner.  This weekend is the time and the American Legion Hall is the place (Friday 4:30-9:00,  Saturday 5:30-9:30).

Adults feast for $10, kids for $4.  Carry Out is available by calling 262-284-4690.

A little known fact:  the Memorial Building where the smelt are served was once the Port Brewing Company owned by George Blessing, who built a lovely home on Sweetcake Hill that is now the Port Washington Inn Bed and  Breakfast.

What's new in Port Washington?

Port Washington is a ‘land of opportunity’ for entrepreneurs as this Main Street community reinvents  itself adding lively new shops to enhance the mix.

Vines to Cellar ( offers wine tasting and tours as well as supplies for creating your own wine.

Bangles & Bags, Too! ( opened their second location in Port Washington after their success in Delafield.   They’ve found their niche with locals and visitors alike and mid-May will open a woman’s clothing boutique, Wardrobe Safari.

Bernie’s Fine Meats European Market has been a tradition in Port Washington for decades but now it offers an expanded selection of quality sausages, meats, cheeses, imported goods, beer, wine and spirits.

Ewig Bros. (http:\ is another business with a long history in Port Washington.  Their smoked fish is reason enough to venture here!

Shirley Gruen’s Studio & Art Gallery beautifully exemplifies her  love of Port Washington!

Lori Michel of LoLyn Designs ( creates exquisite one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.