GTA Gains Second Distillery
Milwaukee is world-renowned for its brewing heritage, but stronger spirits are beginning to make inroads as well. Some Talossans are familiar with Great Lakes Distillery, which opened in 2004 in Walker's Point. Great Lakes is the first distillery in Wisconsin since the end of Prohibition. Now a second player is about to enter the GTA distilled spirits market. Central Standard Craft Distillery will open on 28 June, also located in Walker's Point (in space leased from the Milwaukee Brewing Company). Central Standard's head distiller is Brian Blazel, formerly a brewer at Milwaukee Brewing Co. Its initial offerings will be white whiskey, rye vodka, and wheat gin. Bourbon will be added to the lineup once it's had a chance to age for a while.

MacArthur Statue Moved to Talossa
General Douglas MacArthur was a third-generation Milwaukeean (though born out of state due to his father’s military assignment). In 1979, in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of his death, a 114-inch-tall bronze statue of MacArthur was erected in MacArthur Square, near the Milwaukee County civic center on the west side.

Earlier this month, the larger-than-life statue was moved to Talossa as part of a week of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of MacArthur’s death. The statue now stands at the Milwaukee War Memorial in Veteran’s Park, Maritiimi-Maxhestic.

A future Great Moments in Pre-Talossan History article will explore the Talossan connections of MacArthur’s family.

Milwaukee Air Show
This weekend, the Milwaukeee Air Show is being held in Maritiimi-Maxhestic and Vuode provinces.  The show is based at McKinley Park, just north of Veteran’s Park in Maritiimi-Maxhestic and can be viewed from McKinley, from Bradford Beach in Vuode, or (for those with boats) from just offshore on the Talossan Sea (Lake Michigan).

The star attraction at this year's show is a performance by the U.S. Navy's famous precision flying team, the Blue Angels. Other scheduled acts include more aerobatics demonstrations, a Harrier jump jet demonstration, a Coast Guard rescue helicopter demonstration, and parachute teams. Over 100,000 Cestours, Milwaukeeans, and other foreigners are expected to be at the beachfront to watch the show.
The Milwaukee Air show has been held annually in Maritiimi-Maxhestic since 2004. A predecessor event was held in the 1970s just outside of Talossa at Mitchell Field.

Former GTA Resident Receives Tony
British actor and former GTA resident Mark Rylance was honoured at the 2014 Tony Awards earlier this month. Rylance received the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the role of Olivia in an (all-male) Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He was also nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his title role in Richard III.

Rylance began his acting career as a high-school student at the University School of Milwaukee, where his father taught English. The University School is currently located north of Whitefish Bay, but at that time the boys’ campus was in Shorewood.

Police to Receive New Patches
The Milwaukee Police Department has recently adopted a new uniform patch, which will be issued to officers gradually over the next few months. The changeover should be complete by early next year, which will be the department’s 150th anniversary.

The old patch was criticised for being too complicated and unrecognisable (one design element is the old County Stadium, torn down over a decade ago). The new patch features the word “Milwaukee” more prominently, and has fewer, more iconic design elements. It also happens to be much more Talossa-centric than the last one. Inside a gear representing industry, the patch features barley heads representing brewing, a stylised depiction of the original 1855 police badge, Milwaukee City Hall (Fiova Province), and the Milwaukee Art Museum (Maritiimi-Maxhestic Province).


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