Muskego - When the jack-hammers finish their pounding for the day, the music will begin as hundreds of Muskego folks turn out for the biggest block party in Muskego.
It's the year's first Jammin' on Janesville, from 5 to 9 p.m. June 1.
The event marks the second inauguration of Jammin', which was successfully created in 2011 as a way to offset Janesville Road construction work by attracting people to a first-Friday monthly summer festival put on by local businesses. The other dates are July 6 and Aug. 3, also from 5 to 9 p.m.
"We want people to still be aware of businesses along the road," said Tina Weiss, president of the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce, which is spearheading the event. "We want them to continue to patronize these great businesses."
Although the road-widening project will continue next year, Weiss said, "This is probably the worst of the construction."
Getting down to fun and food
About 85 businesses, from on and off Janesville Road between Racine to College avenues, will offer food and activities, including expanded kids' events, plus a somewhat greater emphasis on music this year. Last year's Jammin' on Janesville had a few bands, but this one will be quite a symphony, Weiss said.
"I think people are going to like all the live bands and the ton of kids' activities," Weiss said.
Among the many children's activities will be a chance to build something at a workshop offered by The Home Depot in the Muskego Chamber of Commerce parking lot. Add to that large bounce houses, "Pint-Size Spa Treatments," games, a "Christian Critters" puppet show, a kids dance party, a Healthy Kids Corner and face-painting.
Activities that appeal to the adult crowd include outdoor bowling, zoomba, health screenings, wine and beer tasting, no-slip shuffleboard, bingo, a Muskego home show, car-related activities, a tractor show, rock wall climbing and karaoke.
Those who come to the festivities hungry won't be disappointed. Lots of places will offer dollar menu items this year, along with regularly priced selections.
Along with its regular menu, Tres Locos will have bull rides, live music and bingo. The San Laurio Coffee House will have $1 menu items plus bingo and will give away hard hats. Dollar treats for pets and people will be found at the Animal Doctor.
A shuttle will again take people from end to end of the big show, with many stops in between, so attendees won't have to negotiate traffic or the road construction.
Because the first Jammin' on Janesville of the year will fall on the same night as the Muskego Relay for Life American Cancer Society benefit, the shuttles will stop at Muskego High School (the site of the relay) and take them to the festival and back in time for the lighting of the luminaria, Weiss said.
To help people find the attractions they want, the chamber is mailing maps with all the offerings and locations this week. Maps also will be available at the event and on the shuttles.
The major business sponsors of Jammin' on Janesville are the Gerald Boisits law office, Muskego Tire and Auto and DeWinter Eye Care Center. The city and the Chamber of Commerce also are sponsors.
Weiss is optimistic about the Janesville Road's first Jam of the year.
"People love live music and as long as they have a little food and something for the kids to do, we'll have a crowd," she said.
A serious side
While Jammin' on Janesville's primary mission is to showcase the city of Muskego and all its businesses, the event also has a charitable side.
The June 1 Jammin' on Janesville will benefit American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, with Tres Locos serving as its sponsor. Relay for Life is devoted to celebrating the lives of people who battle cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and fighting back against the disease.
Jammers are encouraged to visit Tres Locos during June's Jammin' on Janesville to purchase a luminaria in honor of a loved one who has been touched by cancer, for the Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony, hosted at Muskego High School. Tres Locos is on the northwest corner of Janesville Road and Lannon Drive.
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