Although I (Mr. Neujahr) was not with the band this past weekend, I almost felt as though I was there due to the many Facebook and Instagram posts. Thanks to Mr. Wordell, Miss Scharf, and Mrs. Nolte for their contributions to our media presence.
Our volunteer staff is second to none! This group of dedicated parents - many of whom are new volunteers this year - have continued to support the band as cooks, servers, chaperons, truck drivers, doctors and nurses, uniform custodians, and the list goes on and on.
Thanks again to Pizza Pros (saxophone Keely Adrian's family pizza business) for serving up some of the best homemade pizza on the planet! These fresh-made pizzas are beginning to be a sort of tradition, as they have served on two different weekends so far, and another meal this coming week at KML.
Thanks to our directors for the amazing work with the band. They continue to add more visual and musical elements to our parade program, and their creativity and instruction is certainly helping the band to grow as a performing ensemble.
And of course we offer thanks to our amazing members! They continue to grow as musicians, and have once again become "crowd favorites" wherever they perform. Whether it is in a standstill performance (in the rain, no less!) or marching down the street playing beautiful music and high-fiving the spectators along the parade route, these kids know how to put on a show. Probably most important is the fact that they have become a much closer family of young Christians, who no matter what they are doing continue to "Let Their Light Shine". You are awesome!
KML Rehearsal Camp and July 4-5 Parades
It doesn't seem possible, but this coming weekend will be the end of our 2021 "Return to the Streets" season. This year's edition of Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin has been short but sweet, but at the same time has been an incredible few weeks! We will complete our summer with a two-day rehearsal camp at KML, followed by Independence Day Parades in West Bend, Somers, and Racine.
What to Bring and Pack
Students should remember to pack everything needed for four days of camp. The packing list from Camp #1 will be a good reference for this week as well.
Students should also make sure to take care of themselves before this coming weekend. Members should remember to drink plenty of water so they can be fully hydrated. This final weekend for LVW will see temperatures in the 70s and 80s, with a slight chance of rain each day.
Of special importance - Don't forget to bring the following:
- Sunscreen (at least SPF 30 or higher)
- Hat and Sunglasses
- Large water jug
- Seasonal T-Shirt - you will want to wear your shirt for free-time planned in Kenosha following the Somers Parade.
- Uniform Items - black shoes, socks, long sleeve compression shirt, guard undergarments - Two Parades on Sunday and our final parade on Monday!
Directors, Staff, and Members should PACK A LUNCH FOR THE NOON MEAL ON FRIDAY. Also, everyone will need to bring money for free time and a supper "On Your Own" on Sunday evening. More on that later in this Update. All other meals will be provided by LVW.
Worship Service this Weekend
LVW will be viewing a Livestream of a church service on Saturday evening. There is no need to bring special clothing for this service.
Bus Transportation and Schedules for Friday through Monday, July 2 -- 5
Friday, July 2
8:00 AM Load one bus at Fox Valley Lutheran HS, 5300 N Meade Street, Appleton 54913 (East Entrance)
8:30 AM Depart for Pick Up
9:15 AM Pick up at Fond du Lac Kwik Trip - Hickory Street Exit
9:50 AM Arrive Kettle Moraine LHS. Bus then returns to Appleton (empty) .
9:50 AM Unpack buses, move into housing at Kettle Moraine LHS.
10:15 AM Opening Announcements and Rehearsal
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 5:30 Rehearsal
5:30 PM Supper
6:30 - 9:00 Rehearsal
9:15 - 10:30 Snack, shower, devotion, closing
10:30 PM Lights Out
Saturday, July 3
7:30 AM Wake Up, shower, eat breakfast
8:30 AM Morning stretch, rehearsal
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 5:30 Rehearsal
5:30 PM Supper
6:30 - 8:30 Rehearsal
8:30 - 9:15 Live Stream Worship Service at KML
9:15 - 10:30 Snack, shower, closing
10:30 PM Lights Out
Sunday, July 4 - Parade Day! Happy Birthday America!
6:30 AM Wake up, Shower, Eat Breakfast
7:15 AM Clean Facilities, pack, change into uniform
8:00 AM Buses arrive Kettle Moraine LHS, Load buses
8:30 AM Depart for West Bend Parade (Parade Begins 9:30 AM). We will NOT return to KML once we depart.
9:30 AM West Bend Parade Begins
10:30 AM Depart for Somers following the West Bend Parade
11:45 AM Arrive Shoreland Lutheran HS. Eat lunch, prepare for Somers Parade.
2:00 PM Somers Parade Begins.
3:30 PM Return to Shoreland LHS following the parade. Change, Shower, Relax Time!
5:00 PM Depart for Kenosha Lakefront - More information on this below
10:30 PM Return to Shoreland LHS (after the fireworks are finished).
11:00 PM A VERY QUICK NIGHT! - Devotion and Closing
11:30 PM Lights Out
Monday, July 5 - Racine 4th Fest Parade and Eno-of-year Picnic
6:15 AM Wake up, shower, eat, change into uniform
7:00 AM Buses arrive - Pack and load at Shoreland LHS
7:30 AM Depart for Racine Parade Line Up
8:15 AM Arrive line up, unload, warm up
9:00 AM Racine Fourth Fest Parade begins
11:30 AM Depart for Shoreland Lutheran HS, Somers
12:00 PM Students shower, clean facilities, pack, and load
1:30 PM Depart for Petrifying Springs Park Pavillion for End-of Year Picnic
1:45 PM PICNIC TIME!
3:30 PM Depart for Appleton, with stops at Wisconsin Lutheran HS, Jackson Park and Ride, and Fond du Lac Kwik Trip to drop off students
7:00 PM Arrive at Fox Valley Lutheran HS
End of the 2021 LVW Season! Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!
July 4 Free Time and Activities
LVW is very much looking forward to celebrating America’s 245th Birthday! Mr. Wordell has once again planned out some great fun for the LVW family.
We will be spending several hours on the Kenosha Lakefront/Harbor area. It will include a meal “On Your Own” for supper, as well as an amazing firework show.
There are several food options in the area. Look for an update in the coming days with a listing of places to eat. Plan on eating either at a restaurant or choose from several food trucks/booths. Most of these eateries will be open until 9:00 PM that night.
There will be a Carnival in the area! It will be very close to all of the other activities. It will be located in the parking lot on 6th Avenue between 54th and 56th Street. There will be amusements and rides available. So if a carnival is your thing, bring some money to spend and have some fun!
Kenosha is known to have one of the best fireworks shows in the Midwest! They will be launched right on the Lake Michigan beach, with beautiful viewing along the lake. Since the long range forecast is for highs only in the 70's on Sunday, Mr. Wordell is suggesting that we bring of blankets, jackets, and skeeter spray (after all the rain the past few weeks). The show is scheduled to begin at about 9:30 PM. We will designate a meeting spot, so all LVW members will need to be there before 9:30 so we can take attendance before the fireworks begin.
July 5 End-Of-Year Picnic
Final plans are still in the works, but we will be having this picnic at the Petrifying Springs Park - Area 3, located at 5555 7th St, Kenosha, WI 53144. LVW members, staff, and volunteers from the day will be eating this meal for free, but we would also like to invite family members. If that plan works out, there will be a Google Form to fill out so that we have an idea of how many people to plan for. Additional family members will need to pay for their meal. At this time, it will either be a cook-out meal, or possibly we can arrange for one of Kenosha's famous food trucks to provide the meal.
Watch for that Google Form! It will be sent via email to all families. The information will include meal options, as well as a pricing information.
Checkout Procedures for Monday, July 5:
If you are going to be picked up following the Racine 4th Fest Parade, and are not traveling home with LVW, the following procedures MUST be followed:
1. Your parents can pick you up following the final meal/picnic. If you pick up your child after the meal, please pick up your child at Petrifying Springs Park - Area 3, located at 5555 7th St, Kenosha, WI 53144. This is the park shelter where we will be serving our final meal for the season. Here is a Map showing the Location of the Park.
Please be aware, if you are picking up your child, you must be there before the band is ready to leave. If you are not there when the band is ready to leave, your child will come with the band to the various drop off locations and you can pick them up at those locations.
2. Your parents must check you out with the attendance chaperon from your bus. This must be done with you and your parent present.
3. If your parents are not there when the band is ready to leave, you will come with us. We leave no one behind – EVER!
4. You may not ride home with anyone else other than your parents UNLESS you have a written permission signed by your parents, and UNLESS that written permission is put into our hands. DON’T FORGET THE NOTE AT HOME, because there are NO EXCEPTIONS! A parent email or text/personal phone call is also acceptable.