Thursday night was Opening Night for the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 11.
If you check out the event, held at Landmark Oriental Theatre, Downer Theatre and Fox-Bay Cinema
Grill, you just might spot some familiar faces in the crowd. This year, once again Brewers closer John Axford has been involved with the festival through Brewers Community Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Film, John is quite the movie buff.
Before each screening at the festival, you’ll see this trailer, which features John and through his involvement, he is also scheduled to attend and speak onstage prior to a screening of The Princess Bride on Saturday, October 6 at 2:30 p.m.
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In addition, John will be a judge for the Cream City Cinema Competition. He’ll watch three feature films and one shorts program and then deliberate with the other jurors to select the winner of the Filmmaker in Residence Program.
As part of their support, Brewers Community Foundation is one of the sponsors for the Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival presented by PNC. The Children’s Film Festival is also sponsored by MetroParent and MilwaukeeMoms.com.
“The film festival is so great for the community. The quality of film and exposure to other cultures is a tremendous asset that I think people should take advantage of. In particular, the Children’s Film Festival fits well with Brewers Community Foundation’s focused interest in education,” said Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore.
The Children’s Film Festival is co-directed by Julia Magnasco, Education Director at First Stage Children’s Theater, and Brian Gallagher, the former Executive Coordinator of the Wisconsin International Children’s Film Festival; it features quality children’s cinema from around the world. Each screening includes discussions with filmmakers or educators, hands-on activities and take-home guides.
The Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival will screen on the weekends during the film festival, today through Sunday, October 7 at the Oriental Theatre and Fox-Bay Cinema,
For those of you attending the festival, you might also recognize another name in the program: MLB Commissioner Allan H.(Bud) Selig and his wife, Suzanne, are also major supporters of the film festival and have been since its inception in 2008. In recognition of their support, the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award is given each year to the overall audience favorite film in the feature and short film categories.
Brewers fans have been fortunate enough to be able to watch Ryan Braun on a daily basis. The reigning National League MVP has had another tremendous season and is putting up incredible numbers–especially down the stretch to help the Brewers jump back in the postseason race. Voting for league MVP will take place soon by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and we want to make sure all the voters know how special of a season Braun is having.
Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo put together this “résumé” for Braun as the MVP voters get ready to cast their ballot. It was sent to voters this afternoon. I’m guessing most of you don’t get a vote, but it is still great to get the word out for Ryan!
To download a .PDF of the résumé, click here: Braun MVP Resume.
If you’ll recall, we celebrated Grandparents Day (Sunday, September 9) with a fun Instagram contest.
We asked fans to send in photos of grandchild/grandparent combinations, together wearing Brewers gear and/or at Miller Park and tag it on Instagram using hashtag #InstaGRAMMA for a chance to win a set of four tickets to the game of their choice during Fan Appreciation Weekend (September 28-30).
Thank you to everyone who took photos! We are happy to report that we received many awesome entries!
The judges have weighed in and the final three winning photos are shown below. Heather, Marc and Katie will be coming out to Miller Park to celebrate this Fan Appreciation Weekend with us!
Thanks again to everyone who participated; keep a watch here as we are planning more fun Instagram contests in the near future!
For those unfamiliar, Instagram is a free, fast and fun way to share photos using most Apple or Android products.
You can follow us on Instagram @Brewers.
For those without Instagram, you can still view our photos, by visiting brewers.com/instagram.
Ryan Braun stole his 30th base of the season tonight at Miller Park and became the first Brewer in team history to record two 30/30 seasons. He currently has 41 home runs. During his MVP season of 2011, Braun hit 33 home runs and stole 33 bases.
— JOHN AND CAIT
Congratulations to Yovani Gallardo who tonight recorded his 200th strikeout of the 2012 season. Gallardo has now recorded 200 strikeouts in each of the last four seasons (204, 2009; 200, 2010; 207, 2011).
–JOHN AND CAIT
For the entire season, the Chef’s Table has each series featured a unique menu item based on the regional cooking of the Brewers opponent. We have been previewing and sampling those items all year and this has become a very popular feature here on the blog. The item this weekend isn’t necessary based on Texas-style cooking, but certainly one of the most unique items the Chef’s Table as seen all year.
Chef John and his crew at SportService went in a different gear for the final six regular season games at Miller Park. They created an item that will be featured on the Chef’s Table for the entire homestand and, if popular, might stay a Miller Park regular item for the 2013 season.
They came up with an idea to put Spaghetti INSIDE of a Meatball. That is right, spaghetti noodles and mozzarella cheese smashed up INSIDE of a half-pound meatball and topped with marinara sauce and provolone cheese. A genius idea. It is also served with a piece of garlic bread.
I just enjoyed one and I was more than pleased. Delicious, easy to eat and definitely filling. Chef John is looking for feedback on the item so please share with us what you think via the comments section below. If it works and is popular, hopefully we will see it at Miller Park in 2013. If it doesn’t work, well, you definitely can’t knock the creativity! I will be sharing your comments with Chef John and his staff.
This dish is certainly a good way to celebrate Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park. The dish can be yours for $7.50 and will be served at the last six regular season games outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park. Enjoy!
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that this season we’ve been highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Well, during the Crew’s six-game, final regular season homestand at Miller Park, we’re highlighting this awesome hooded sweatshirt, which is just perfect for some of the cooler fall weather that we’ve been experiencing lately.
Retro Logo Big Cotton Hooded Sweatshirt by Gear
Perfect for this “in-between” weather, the retro logo big cotton hooded sweatshirt, made by Gear, is jersey-lined with a drawstring cord and a front pouch pocket, and is available in sizes S-XXL. This particular sweatshirt is exclusive to all of the Brewers Team Stores located here at Miller Park and, at just $50, is a great deal.
This weekend’s series vs. the Houston Astros will be critical for the Brewers in the playoff push and the players are doing their part to make sure Miller Park is filled with loud Brewers fans for these important games.
Ryan Braun and John Axford, on behalf of all Brewers players, are thanking Brewers fans for the incredible home field advantage they have helped create all season long by purchasing 5,000 tickets to the final game of Fan Appreciation Weekend, this Sunday, September 30.
“Brewers fans are without a doubt the best in baseball and we wanted to show them that their support has not gone unnoticed,” said Ryan. They make Miller Park the best home field advantage in the game.”
“The fans have been a tremendous part of our recent turnaround. It’s always great to play in front of a raucous Miller Park crowd,” said John. “This is just a small gesture of our appreciation.”
The 5,000 free tickets will be available exclusively on brewers.com/fanappreciation beginning at 10 a.m. CT today. Fans will only be responsible for paying a per order processing fee—there will be no other costs for the tickets. Maximum of four tickets per person.
We’ll distribute Rally Towels to everyone at the game on Sunday, as well as the games on Friday and Saturday. In addition, all fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a Scratch-Off Card with prizes including everything from 2013 game tickets to a game in a Miller Park Suite.
Tickets for all games of Fan Appreciation Weekend and the final three regular season games are available at the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.
-John and Cait
Thanks in large part to you, Brewers fans, we’ve won 19 of our last 22 games at Miller Park and are 46-29 overall at home this season—a .613 winning percentage that is one of the best in Major League Baseball. And now, as we make our final Postseason push, we need you more than ever. We urge you to come out and pack Miller Park during our last six regular season home games and give us that home-field advantage for which you’re famous.
We’ve got all kinds of fun in store for you during Fan Appreciation Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday vs. the Houston Astros and then the Padres come to town on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
-John & Cait
Although the skies this morning were a little questionable, the First Annual Brewers Mini Marathon was certainly a success today as the event raised over $111,000 for the MACC Fund.
After about a 20 minute lightning delay (safety first!), the starting gun went off and over 5,000 participants from 32 states began the 13.1 mile course just after 7:20 a.m. It was a little chilly and definitely windy for parts of the course, but a little wind, chill and rain has never been known to stop runners who have prepared months for a race like today.
The scenic course took runners past the Palermo’s Pizza Factory, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Marquette University, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Miller Valley, Saz’s Restaurant, through Miller Park with a loop on the warning track and ended near the new Bob Uecker statue at the Home Plate gate.
We took you through our training program over the last four months and were very happy with our results. John finished with a time of 1:52.22 and Cait finished with a time of 2:37.04. If you ran today’s race or if you want to see how your friends and family finished, detailed results can be found here.
Congratulations to Ryan Richardson of Franklin, Wis. who finished first overall with a time of 1:13.18–a pace of 5:36! The women’s top finisher was Dani Fischer of Madison, Wis. who finished with a time of 1:18.49. Obviously we need to read the “Ryan and Dani Training Blog” for the 2013 race (Does anyone know Ryan or Dani? We would love to hear from them!).
Please feel free to leave your comments (positive or negative) below about today’s race. This was the first time Brewers Enterprises carried out this event and they want to make sure it continues to be an elite event every year. Congratulations and thank you to Jason Hartlund and his Brewers Enterprises crew, the over 750 volunteers today and John Cary and the MACC Fund for helping with what turned out to be a fantastic day.
Make plans for next year’s event that will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013. For those of you who read our blogs about training for the race, we hope your enjoyed today and look forward to seeing you next year!
— JOHN AND CAIT