Mark Van Allen


I grew up in:  Verona

Year of Magic debut: 1991

My family: No kids, but I have three talented nephews in Hermosa Beach, CA, and adorable twin nieces in Madison (who have Uncle Markie wrapped around their little fingers).

If I could change one thing about myself, I'd:  have the voice of Josh Groban.  Music can bridge any gap.

Secretly I'd like to:  be the Tourism Director for the State of Wisconsin.

Guilty pleasures:  Ice cream at Babcock Hall, blue gill fish fry at Beach House Restaurant on Lake Waubesa, ham and gruyere croissant at Batch Bakehouse on Willy Street...and on TV, Downton Abbey and America's Test Kitchen.

My free time:  is usually spent on a bike, a boat or in the garden.

Grocery shopping is: fun!  I always run into friends or meet cool new people at my neighborhood store, Metcalfe's Market Hilldale.

I love to:  read!  And then I like to share the books with the "Little Libraries" in my neighborhood.

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Patti Messmer
Saturday at the 70s
1 - 5pm