This is a bit of a favor to someone I work with, but I know that blogosphere readers and participants would have some info that they can share regarding a problem that she is having.
Jane, we'll call her, moved to the area about three years ago. At the time, her children were younger - barely out of diapers. Not too much venturing out with the family to local events. But now, they're a little older, I believe they are six years old or younger. Jane's originally from Canada and lived in Connecticut and Denver. There, she went do different events - festivals, community events, music events...places a family could take their children and it was pretty safe.
She lives in
Delafield Hartford, and has been trying to find some decent family events to attend. Now, she's been to a few events this year, and has been really disappointed. All of the events have been in Waukesha, Sussex, etc. and not late at night, either.
What she's witnessed, in the presence of her children, has been crass and dangerous. The last event she went to in Sussex treated her and her family to the visual of the cops dragging a man out of a crowd in broad daylight - yes - dragging. It took four officers to subdue the man who was face down. They were surrounded by more drunk men who appeared ready to join in. Jane can smell a rat, she looked at her husband and said, we have to get the kids out of here now before this gets bad.
This was Sussex.
Her daughter said: "Mommy, did that man say a bad word?"
The problem she continues to encounter is that conditions of every event are either unsafe, unsanitary, unruly, or frankly soaked with beer. She'd like to be somewhere that she can be with the kids, take chairs along, watch some music, be around families, and not any of the above.
I thought of our blogger picnic...it was a nice time where everyone was enjoying themselves like adults. And many of you have families. Where do you take your families so that you can just enjoy an event? Without all of this? Especially in the Waukesha/Washington/Dodge Cty areas.
I will change my settings to allow anonymous comments.
What I kindly ask you for is comments on where to and where not to go. If it's a good family event, please elaborate a little on why.
We know what bad looks like - no need to add anything there - but any recommendations will be very appreciated.