East Troy was the focus of an episode of Milwaukee Public Television’s series “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” which aired April 16, 2015.


Excerpt from Article by Vanessa Lenz

Attendees can meet McGivern, hear some of his humorous anecdotes from around the state; and watch the episode where he visits tourist attractions like Alpine Valley Resort, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, and The Elegant Farmer.

McGivern speaks with local residents who bring something unique to the community, like civic-minded small business owners Ann and Ted Zess; Marcia Belair, an East Troy Lioness member who has trained 11 seeing eye dogs; and a young Lake Beulah couple.

McGivern also chats with David Allen, who owns the East Troy House, the oldest operating inn and tavern in Wisconsin, and East Troy Village President Randy Timms.

Join McGivern as he samples LD’s roadside BBQ, visits Skydive Milwaukee and rides the rails of the 107-year-old East Troy Electric Railroad.

Other highlights include Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Booth Lake Memorial Park and Uriel Pharmacy.

McGivern also features decades-old businesses like Wisconsin Oven Corporation and James R. Taylor and Sons and technology innovators like the East Troy Computer Club and Corvia Technologies.

McGivern said he discovered East Troy while filming an episode in Whitewater in 2012 and was curious about the town that calls itself the “Good Neighbor” community.

“We sure had a good time,” McGivern said while filming inside the iconic and historic bandstand at the center of the East Troy Village Square – a first and memorable moment for the crew.

“We’ve never been to a town with an actual village square before,” McGivern said.

Around the Corner
John McGivern and Vanessa Lenz
Randy Timms & the Crew
John on the Square
Production