About Us


A brief history

Since 1994, Gathering on the Green, a 501(c)(3) non profit, has become Southeastern Wisconsin’s premier summer spot to enjoy the performing arts. Set in scenic Mequon Rotary Park, the multiple day festival offers the opportunity to enjoy the best of the performing arts, while gazing under the summer stars. Gathering on the Green’s vision is to introduce new audiences, families and children to the performing arts. We believe that it is important to continually bring new audiences to the performing arts to keep them alive and vibrant for the future.

Part of the community...for over 20 years.

Over twenty years ago, Gathering on the Green came to life. The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club had just built a beautiful multi-use park including sports fields, a wooded walking area and a gazebo surrounded by ponds. They wanted a grand opening of the gazebo, befitting such an elegant structure. John Riley, a Rotary Club member, recalled memories of the Boston Pops playing outdoor concerts on the Esplanade in Boston and thought a similar concert would be a perfect opportunity to inaugurate the gazebo. He later joined forces with Milwaukee Ballet prima ballerina Anne Finch to promote a combined performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Ballet--something that had never been done before. They formed a steering committee, recruited leadership teams and had many years of planning and perseverance to bring the program to fruition. On July 8, 1995 the first Gathering on the Green was performed; it was called "Music in Motion."

Vision Statement

Gathering on the Green will be known worldwide for building communities through concerts with a cause.

Mission Statement

Gathering on the Green is a Mequon based organization that presents exceptional entertainment and advances youth education.


Rob Kos - Executive Director
Sara Grover - Director of Development
Betty Patrick - Assistant Director of Development, Program Book Coordinator
Jennifer Moore - Box Office Manager
Kathy Rosing - Administration


Greg Heitz - Co-President, Exacto Spring Corp.
Traci Cain - Co-President
Melissa Shneyder - Vice President, U.S. Bank
Jim Lysaught - Secretary
Jane Bell
Darren Fisher - Fisher Consulting
Lucia Francis
Greg Pauly - The Pauly/Koth Group - Baird Private Wealth Management
Matthew Richmond - Richmond Investment Services
Tim Vertz - Vertz Marketing