Madison, WI (PRWEB) September 29, 2011
ravis Hasse, proprietor of The Missouri Tavern, is proud to announce the Fourth Annual Mae Fest—Beer, Bands & Barbecue. This year’s Mae Fest will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from noon till midnight, at The Missouri Tavern, 7071 Kick A Boo Road, Waunakee, WI. A portion of the proceeds from the Mae Fest will go to the Mae Mefford Scholarship Fund which awards a cash gift to a local high school student.
The 2011 Mae Fest will feature performances by Madison’s own rock-country-soul-band Mighty Short Bus (http://mightyshortbus.com/home/ ) and alternative rock band SuperTuesday http://www.supertuesdayband.com. Local celebrity Tyler Hellenbrand, mixed martial arts champion, as well as tattoo artist Ami James, star of the reality series Miami Ink and NY Ink, will also be appearing. Barbecue will be provided by Roxbury Roasters with their award-winning charcoal rotisserie. Admission is $10 which includes $3 in drink tickets. Mae Fest will be held rain or shine under a huge tent on the lawn of The Missouri behind its historic elm tree. The 2010 Mae Fest drew over 1,500 people.
The Missouri Tavern was built in 1940 by Albert “Missouri Al” Mefford and his wife, Mae. The Tavern acted as their home, convenience store, gas station and tavern for 65 years. Noted for the large elm tree located out front, the Missouri Tavern is most famous for the legendary Mae Mefford. After “Missouri Al” died in 1964, Mae ran the Tavern by herself. She was the sole owner, operator, and bartender until the age of 101. Mae’s gentle heart touched anyone who came for a visit. Long-time patrons fondly recall Mae playing “On Wisconsin” or “Meet Me in St. Louis” on the piano. The “no profanity” policy that she strictly enforced still brings a smile to everyone’s face. Very little has changed since Mae’s time. Beer is sold in mason jars, there is an old time piano, and the original old wood floors and mahogany bar still hold their character from 1940.
The Missouri Tavern is now owned and operated by the Hasse family. The Hasses established the Mae Mefford scholarship fund as a way to honor Mae and give back to the community. Each year, the fund awards a cash gift to a local high school senior. “The Missouri Tavern has been a neighborhood gathering place for decades. We’re pleased to host the last great outdoor party of the year and to welcome fall and Badger season with friends and family,” said Hasse.
More About the Missouri Tavern
The Missouri Tavern, a local landmark for over 70 years, is owned and operated by the Hasse family. In addition to the infamous Mae Mefford, The Missouri Tavern is also home to Travis Hasse’s Original Apple Pie Liqueur. Developed from a family recipe and first served at The Missouri Tavern, the brand is now sold nationwide.
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