Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter -November 2018

Set your clocks back one hour Nov 2nd
A Message From Your Chamber President

Bruce McIlnay McIlnay Button Law,LLC
Do your ever wonder if others see you differently than you see yourself?  I guess they do. Really, I want to get that sign and put it out for Halloween.

Thinking about this coming election, I briefly thought about the Who's " Don't Get Fooled Again", the one that ends with " meet the new boss, same as the old boss ."  Too pessimistic I think.  Whatever your persuasion, if you don't vote, you forfeit the right to belly ache about the things going on in our government.  If we would all exercise the important right then you may say, "you've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time." (Modern English).

As for the Chamber, November is so big.  It's huge; just huge: Our Annual Outstanding Citizen Awards Ceremony, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Breakfast with Santa and, of course, the 39th Annual Grafton Christmas Parade.  Our theme this year is "Believe in the Magic."  
There are lots of opportunities to contribute your time and/or treasure to make all this happen.  Just let us know how you and your coworkers would like to get involved.

We are also making an effort to increase the listenership of our foray into the broadcast media with our "Get Away to Grafton" podcasts.  While it is fun that we've had listeners from as far away as Germany, it is a really cool way for you to catch up on what's going down and promoting our town.  Check it out on our Website -  Episode 6: Holiday Events, and don't overlook the archive of past episodes.

Blessed Holidays,


November 18th
Outstanding Citizen
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Atlas BBQ
followed by the
Grafton Tree Lighting
Paramount Plaza

November 22nd

November 24th
Breakfast With Santa
7:30 - 10:00 am
Circle B
followed by the
The 39th Annual
Grafton Christmas Parade
11:00 am
Downtown Grafton

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Join in the Fun and Celebrate the Holidays With Us!

39th Annual Christmas Parade
"Believe in the Magic"
Saturday, November 24th  11:00am
Presenting Sponsor
Contact the Chamber Office at 262-377-1650

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Click HERE  to read the October Issue of the Grafton Planning & Development Newsletter, and find out the latest happenings!

Visit our Website
for information on all 
Village of Grafton Events


Grafton Area Kiwanis Club, Inc.   
Contact: Von Rolon or Tecwyn Roberts
5551 Pleasant Valley Road
Grafton, WI  53024
Phone: 920-475-4684  
Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Contact us to get involved!

Mary Kay
Contact: Jamie Wille
211 N.  Franklin Street, Suite 210
Port Washington, WI   53074
Phone: 262-210-7167   
Using my 11 years of experience and certification in color and skin care for men and women, I provide consultations and products to my clients that meet their specifications. By fitting with your lifestyle, I am happy to meet with you at my Mary Kay studio to discover what products are right for your skin type. *Consultations are always free!

Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Contact: Ashley Nolte, Pastor1621 2nd Ave
Grafton, WI  53024
Phone: 262-377-2640   
We are a local church - serving Grafton and surrounding communities. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ.  

Shop Main Street Online
Contact: Patty Gallun-Hanson
N70 W5336 Bridge Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Main Street America's Marketplace -.  American Retailers - American Consumers - American Services - American Communities.  America wants to buy local and Shop Main Street Online makes it easy and affordable for retailers and manufacturers to get their products online. Take advantage of the growing e-commerce trend and sell more with no risk.  "We provide American businesses with a risk free way to sell their products online and provide a simple means to being socially conscious by sharing revenue with local nonprofits."
From Our Chamber Members
 Atlas BBQ
Why Not Celebrate the Holidays with BBQ? Book your Holiday Party with  Atlas BBQ !  Call 262-618-2181 or email

Aurora Health Care is offering free community tours every third Thursday of the month from 3:00-4:00pm. RSVP to Alissa Gruber at or call 262-235-9507. CLICK HERE for tour information!

Best Version Media  helps businesses target and penetrate the most affluent buyers in the marketplace with a positive, relevant and family-friendly magazine. Call to get your marketing on target! Liz Sather: 414-617-9630 or Liz Doering: 414-750-1856  See how we can help!

The Cedarburg Cultural Center is proud to bring back First Fridays (sponsored by Port Washington State Bank); $5 for family-friendly music,  dancing, crafts, games and more! November 2nd features The UnExpected. CLICK HERE for the full lineup! V isit our website  for more great events!

Connect Cell presents Community Connections! Youth groups such as sports teams, STEM programs, marching bands and dance teams can shine even brighter with your participation in our Community Connections program. Community Connections makes it easy to earn sponsorship dollars to pay for uniforms, equipment, travel and other group expenses. Simply initiate online activities through the program with your friends and family members.Together, we can help our community to connect to the good in all of us. CLICK HERE to view the flyer or call 262-375-9379 for more information. 

COPE services invites you to "Rockin' on the River" a fundraiser to support COPE's Hotline & Outreach Programs. Join us on November 8th from 7-10pm at The Hub on Cedar Creek. Click HERE to view the flyer or call 262-377-1477 for more information!

Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO)- Holiday Concert presented by the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club, Thursday, Dec. 6th at 7:00pm. Tickets on sale now! Visit our website for more information or call the box office at 262-376-6161.

It's not too late to join us TODAY - Thursday, November 1st  from 11:30-1:00pm at the Ozaukee County Pavilion (located an Ozaukee County Fairgrounds) for Empty Bowls - to benefit Family Sharing Food Pantry of Ozaukee County. Enjoy a  lunch of homemade soup, bread, dessert and macaroni and cheese and choose a special hand-made bowl to take home! Proceeds benefit Family Sharing.  $25 at the door. 

First Bank Financial Centre - Grant a Holiday Wish! Nominate yourself or someone  you love to receive a special gift during our Holi-Days of Giving. It's easy -  just send in your nomination form telling us who should receive a little extra Holiday Cheer and why. CLICK HERE for the Nomination Form.

The Grafton Lions will be holding their Annual Beer & Wine Tasting event on Thursday, November 8th  from 7:00-10:00pm at Circle B Recreation (Hwy 60 in Cedarburg). Sample Craft Beers, Wines, Appetizers, Raffles and a Souvenir class. $30 in advance/$35 at the door. Contact Mike Cibulka at 262-339-5033 for more information.   Don't forget. we are selling nuts! Order your TODAY and you will have the perfect snack for football games, the holidays and those unexpected guests. Call Dan or Sean at 262-376-2220.  
The Grafton Lions are also seeking sponsorships for a booklet that will be given out to several hundred bowlers  during the 68th Annual State Bowling Tournament hosted by the Grafton Lions and held at Circle B  the weekends of Feb, 23 thru April 7th.  Click HERE for more information and Sponsorship Form.

Grafton High School Students are Gearing Up for Winter and offering FREE car service check for senior citizens and handicapped drivers on Wednesday, November 7th from 7:30-9:45am. CLICK HERE to view the flyer with more information.

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Support Grapes & Tastes Nativity Fund Charitable Trust Fundraiser on Saturday, November 3rd from 3-9pm at the Rose Harms American Legion Post. Giving the gift of a small nativity scene to nursing home residents to remind them of the true meaning of Christmas! Light appetizers, silent auction and Chinese raffle. Join in the fun!

Could you use a $100 gift card? Refer a guest to the TownePlace Suites in Grafton for an extended stay of 30 nights or more and receive a $100 gift card! Refer a guest for 14-29 nights and get a $50 gift card!  CLICK HERE to view our flyer with details!

Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County  invites you to our annual fundraiser, "Support our Seniors: 24 Years of Service in Oz Cty" on Wed, Dec 6th from 5-7 p.m. at the River Club of Mequon. Heavy hors d' oeuvres, drinks, raffle and a short program will be featured. Guest Speaker Jeff Wenzler will be presenting "Enlighten Your Life's Purpose & Passion." Interfaith Ozaukee's mission is to enable seniors, including those with limited mobility, to remain independent in their homes. CLICK HERE to view the flyer. Tickets are $35; table of 10 is $300. Call Kathy for sponsorship information and/or to register for the event at 262-376-5362.
Pleae consider attending our Senior Symposium: Preventing Elder Abuse in Ozaukee County. Topics include how to recognize abuse of the elderly, how to report it and ways to prevent it. A panel of experts will speak on common frauds and scams that target seniors, keeping seniors safe and setting up financial and medical power of attorney. Members of the community are encouraged to attend! This is the first symposium in a series that will address issues impacting seniors in our community. The symposium is free, but you must RSVP by Nov 9 to reserve your seat. Email or call our office 262-376-5362. Visit our website for more information

John Long Middle School invites you to their Amateur production of 'Shrek the Musical'  November 2, 3 and 4 at 7pm in the JLMS Gymnasium. Tickets for assigned seats can be purchased at the school office from 7:30am-3:30pm weekdays. 

Join Mel's Charities AFTER the Grafton Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 24th for Lunch at the Bridge Inn! ALL Veterans eat FREE and ALL PROCEEDS go to Mel's Charities! Great Times for Great Causes!  Visit our website for more ways to help at

Ozaukee Family Services  invites you to join us for "Thanksgiving and Family Traditions" including a cooking demonstration by the Shully Family. The Shully's will also share recipes, traditions, decorating ideas and more.  CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets! 

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Portal, inc. has a busy week ahead! On Sunday, Nov. 4, Gopher One in Port Washington is doing a Meat Market Bingo fundraiser for Portal. Next Wednesday, Nov. 7, Portal's Shop & Dine fundraiser will take place.   Click HERE to view our flyers with all the details! 
Don't miss the our Bake/Craft sale from November 29-December 1 at the Cedarburg Senior Center.

Please join us for the St. Paul Lutheran Church Women's Guild Country Fair on Saturday, November 10th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Crafts, Bakery, Christmas Cookies and much more! See you there!

Shop the Holiday Gift Market & Bake Sale on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30am - 2:00pm. Village Pointe Commons, 101 Walnut Circle, Grafton. Call 262-540-0872 for info.