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This Cudahy bar is hosting a Christmas pop-up inspired by ‘A Christmas Story,’ ‘Christmas Vacation’ and more

A Cudahy bar is trying to bring Christmas movies to life this holiday season with props, including a leg lamp and Santa chair, and more than 16,000 lights. 



a glass with a drink in a room: City Lounge in Cudahy will have a leg lamp at its "Fra Gee Lay" Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience.


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City Lounge in Cudahy will have a leg lamp at its “Fra Gee Lay” Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience.

City Lounge, 3455 E. Layton Ave., is putting on “Fra Gee Lay,” a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3. 

While the bar has put on many pop-ups inspired by movies and TV shows, from “Harry Potter” to “The Office,” this is its first Christmas-themed one. 

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Owner Alex Ahmad said he usually just puts up a “few decorations” around the bar for the holidays. 

“This time, we decided to go all out,” he said. 

There will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas classics, including “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “The Grinch.”



a glass display case: At City Lounge's Christmas pop-up, there will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas movies.


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At City Lounge’s Christmas pop-up, there will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas movies.

Themed drinks will include an “Ovaltini,” which will be a “chocolatey” cream martini, “Syrup in Coffee,” which will have coffee and amaretto with candy canes and whipped cream, a drink featuring eggnog, and more. Each drink will cost about $8. 

Attendees are encouraged to wear holiday attire, Ahmad said, and his staff is going to “Christmas shirt and ugly sweater it up as much as possible.”

There will be Christmas movie trivia at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, and a New Year’s party Dec. 31. 

The bar will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3. There is no cover charge, and guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/CityLoungeCudahy. 

As far as coronavirus precautions go, Ahmad said City Lounge is cleaned with “high-end” sanitizers, and UV light is used to disinfect after close and again before open. The bar will be following whatever COVID-19 guidelines Cudahy has in place throughout the pop-up, he said. 



a city street filled with traffic at night: City Lounge in Cudahy is putting on "Fra Gee Lay," a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.


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City Lounge in Cudahy is putting on “Fra Gee Lay,” a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.

Weather-willing, the bar plans to have its outdoor heated area open to “give people plenty of room to spread out,” he added.

Just to the north of Cudahy, the City of Milwaukee recently released a new order that will require bars and restaurants that have Health Department-approved COVID-19 safety plans to be limited to the lesser of 50% of their total capacity or the limits in their safety plans. Bars and restaurants without the safety plans will remain at 25% maximum capacity.

Contact Hannah Kirby at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @HannahHopeKirby.  

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Trump campaign eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital.

Over the past several days, the campaign has pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing “to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party in my favorite hotel,” in Washington, suggesting he will use his luxury hotel as the backdrop for reacting to election results. The campaign has also spotlighted plans for the party in fundraising blasts from the president’s son Donald Trump. Jr.

“November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS. It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there,” Trump said in a fundraising solicitation.

For Trump, an election night party at his own hotel is symbolic for a businessman who leveraged his celebrity as a reality star and New York real estate magnate to win the nation’s highest office.

Critics see it as one more reminder of how the president has used his office to personally profit as foreign leaders, conservative supporters and administration officials use the lobby of Washington’s Trump International Hotel as an unofficial clubhouse for the Trump presidency.

Since 2017, the president and Republican National Committee have held several fundraisers at the president’s Washington hotel in the historic Old Post Office building, which the president’s company leases from the federal government.

Over the course of his presidency, the Trump campaign, the RNC and their joint-fundraising committees have spent over $7.4 million at Trump-branded properties.

The Washington hotel, which is blocks from the White House, has been sold out for weeks for Election Day as well as the days before and after Nov. 3. A basic room then is going for $1,200 a night, nearly triple the $476 room rate on Monday.

“Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency funneling taxpayer, campaign, special interest and foreign government money into the business that he still owns,” said Donald Sherman, deputy director of the nonprofit government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “In some ways, election night is going to be the pinnacle of his self dealing.”

The White House referred questions on the president’s election night plans to the Trump campaign, which did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear how big Trump’s election night party will be. The District of Columbia, under coronavirus protocols, has capped mass gatherings at 50 people.

The president has sidestepped the district’s rules, which hold no weight on federal property, at other recent events. The president hosted hundreds of people on the White House grounds for an Independence Day weekend celebration, for his Republican National Convention speech in August and again at last month’s Rose Garden announcement of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Several attendees, including Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus in the days following Barrett’s event. Few guests wore masks.

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Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital.



Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pa, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pa, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Over the weekend, the campaign pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing “to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party in my favorite hotel,” in Washington, suggesting he will use his luxury hotel as the backdrop for reacting to election results.

“November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS. It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there,” Trump said in a fundraising solicitation.

For Trump, an election night party at his own hotel is symbolic for a businessman who leveraged his celebrity as a reality star and New York real estate magnate to win the nation’s highest office.

Critics see it as one more reminder of how the president has used his office to personally profit as foreign leaders, conservative supporters and administration officials use the lobby of Washington’s Trump International Hotel as an unofficial clubhouse for the Trump presidency.

Since 2017, the president and Republican National Committee have held several fundraisers at the president’s Washington hotel in the historic Old Post Office building, which the president’s company leases from the federal government.

Over the course of his presidency, the Trump campaign, the RNC and their joint-fundraising committees have spent over $7.4 million at Trump-branded properties.

The Washington hotel, which is blocks from the White House, has been sold out for weeks for Election Day as well as the days before and after Nov. 3. A basic room then is going for $1,200 a night, nearly triple the $476 room rate on Monday.

“Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency funneling taxpayer, campaign, special interest and foreign government money into the business that he still owns,” said Donald Sherman, deputy director of the nonprofit government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “In some ways, election night is going to be the pinnacle of his self dealing.”

The White House referred questions on the president’s election night plans to the Trump campaign, which did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear how big Trump’s election night party will be. The District of Columbia, under coronavirus protocols, has capped mass gatherings at 50 people.

The president has sidestepped the district’s rules, which hold no weight on federal property, at other recent events. The president hosted hundreds of people on the White House grounds for an Independence Day weekend celebration, for his Republican National Convention speech in August and again at last month’s Rose Garden announcement of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Several attendees, including Trump, tested positive for the

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Newport Recreation hosting Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular



a close up of a man: Newport Recreation is offering an alternative event for Halloween this year. [GANNETT PHOTO]


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Newport Recreation is offering an alternative event for Halloween this year. [GANNETT PHOTO]

Halloween is right around the corner and while the coronavirus might put a damper on this year’s festivities, the Newport Recreation team is busy planning a special Trick or Treat at the Beach!

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Newport Recreation will be hosting a Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular at Easton’s Beach.

This family friendly event will take place beginning at the center parking lot of the beach and continue through the east lot where kids will trick or treat with the many vendors and community organizations.

All participants will remain in the vehicle at all times and masks are required for everyone.

The cost of the Spooktacular is $5 per child age 2 and up. Tickets can be purchased in advance at register.communitypass.net/cityofnewport. For more information please call 845-5800.

As part of the festivities, Newport Recreation is looking for community groups, organizations or individuals that would like to donate jack-o-lanterns to use during the event.

This is a great project for scout groups, sports teams, nursing homes, youth groups and families. The jack-o-lanterns can be dropped off at Easton’s Beach between 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28-30. For more information please call 845-5800.

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