WAKEFIELD - Norman Rockwell a famous
artist and illustrator was born in New York City. He became famous for
his Saturday Evening Post Cover Illustrations that captured the
essence of the American Lifestyle, the heart and soul of our
nation. We know that on at least one occassion, he traveled to Milwaukee. I often
wonder what his interpretation of the U.P lifestyle would be had
he traveled just a bit further north.
Each year when I go to the Wakefield Fourth
of July Picnic, I think of Rockwell’s Americana and I think of
John Phillip Souza as well. There is something special about the
Wakefield celebration. Something that says “Hey Norman, check us
The Wakefield Picnic is the Fourth of July
as it was meant to be, a day of celebration, a day to enjoy
friends and family, a day to quietly appreciate our environment.
The picnic has music, all through the day,
and a concert honoring our Nation and those who who have
protected it through the centuries.