Muskego — In the last couple of weeks, colorfully painted Adirondack chairs with historical scenes have popped up at businesses and other places in Muskego.
People can bid on those chairs in a silent auction and take them home. Bids will be accepted through the Muskego Community Festival in August.
Proceeds will go toward the city's celebration of its 50th anniversary being orchestrated by the Mayor's Task Force for Muskego's 50th Anniversary.
Local businesses and individuals have sponsored Adirondack chairs that have been painted by art students from Muskego High School and Bay Lane and Lake Denoon middle schools, with art teachers Sheri Motz, Caitlin Rusch and Dennis Severin donating their time and talents.
Also painting the chairs were resident artists Ginny Hilton, Brian Miller and Jeremy Sanders.
The theme of each chair was chosen based on Muskego's diverse history. Themes include lakes/parks, recreation, farming, business/industrial, Muskego Beach/DandiLion Park, Muskego Warriors retro logo, Muskego Warriors logo, and fishing.
A chair can be seen at Curves, Horn Brothers, Muskego Public Library, Muskego Health & Wellness Center, Muskego Warehouse Beer & Liquor, Muskego Tire & Auto, San Laurio Coffeehouse, Thompson Dental, Waukesha State Bank, and Willow Tree Café.
Silent auction bids will be accepted at those locations and at the Muskego Community Festival, Aug. 21 through 24, at Pioneer Drive and Racine Avenue.
"It's a very unique project," said Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. "I like that it has involved the whole community."
With local and student artists painting the chairs, she said, "the project has involved students, teachers, families and businesses because they sponsored the chairs."
All the chairs will be gathered together at the festival in a tent along with displays of local history.
"I think that's going to be really fun," Chiaverotti said.
The city's official 50th anniversary is Nov. 9, she said, when special events will be planned. But other 50th anniversary doings have been happening all year long with anniversary banners flying and various events taking on a 50th anniversary theme.
At the Muskego Public Library, S73 W16663 Janesville Road, a display showcasing Muskego over the past 50 years is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday. It will be in the library until June 26.
"Treasure Yesterday, Celebrate Today, Embrace Tomorrow" is the anniversary theme chosen by the Task Force.
"It defines our multi-generational community and includes our new families who call or will call Muskego home," said task force chairwoman Tracy DeAngelis in a news release announcing the Adirondack chair project and other anniversary doings.
Several community service groups and businesses have planned events. They are listed on the city's website cityofmuskego.org, DeAngelis said.
The Task Force also is giving away prizes donated by local businesses in its "Fifty Fabulous Face Book Fridays." It is a drawing among those who "like" the anniversary Facebook page at facebook.com/MuskegoWisconsin.
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