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Labor Day Weekend: the last hoorah

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August 27, 2014

By Cesar Gomez
Public Relations Intern

A couple on Milwaukee's lakefront

Summer 2014 sure has treated Milwaukee well.

Brew city celebrated the summer with many festivals, concerts, incredible food, and more than enough family and friends to keep us all in high spirits.

Fortunately, it isn’t over yet.

Let’s take advantage of this three-day weekend and close out the summer the right way: with good ol’ Milwaukee fun.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Spend a day with the Milwaukee Rally, the Midwest’s largest free motorcycle rally. Taking place at various Harley-Davidson Dealers in Metro Milwaukee, swing by to celebrate hours of live entertainment, street parties, FREE concerts, tattoo contests and the largest Harley-Davidson Museum Bike Night of the year! Join the fun at the Harley-Davidson Museum, which will host several of the events all weekend long.

While you’re there be sure to catch the American Road exhibit, which closes September 2nd. Then, head over to the Art Museum for the Kandinsky exhibit. The series will also close Labor Day weekend.

Diners at Milwaukee Athletic Club

You can’t be caught wearing white after Labor Day according to some, so glam it up with your fanciest white attire on Friday’s Wear White Party presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee. Grab a few friends and enjoy drinks as you hit the dance floor. Afterwards, bring the party over to the Koss Lunar Music Series at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. This party doesn’t hold anything back - three bars, a sweet DJ, and a killer view of the city will get you up and moving.

End the weekend with a trip to Cedarburg for Maxwell Street Days. Browse through 800 vendors for a varied selection of antiques, fresh produce, flea market items and more! Don’t forget to close out summer with one last grill out. Round up the gang and enjoy some brats with a cold brew in hand.

Whatever the weekend brings your way, remember to sit back and relax amongst good company. After all, it is Labor Day. You’ve earned it.

 

 
Take a Walk (and Learn Something Too!)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist

I’ve always heard that city dwellers don’t look up – the best way to spot a tourist is to see who’s gaping up at the sky. But after taking my very first tour of the city, I’d like to suggest that everyone spend some time checking out what’s going on over their heads…there’s a lot of cool stuff up there!

Historic Milwaukee offers a variety of walking tours throughout the week, with neighborhood-specific tours on weekends, specialty tours that occur once a year and even a skywalk tour that runs through the winter. I decided to take the “Downtown Thru the Eras” tour that’s offered every day to get a closer look at some downtown buildings. Since I work (and play) downtown, I drive or walk past historic buildings every day. Some of them I’m familiar with, but others are mysteries to me. I was excited by the opportunity to learn a little more about what’s around me.

The tour gathers in the Plankinton Arcade, the first-floor lobby of the Shops of Grand Avenue in front of the statue of John Plankinton – you don’t have to make a reservation beforehand, but booking online helps the tour guide know what to expect (you also are able to pay by a credit card there – guides can only accept cash or check in person). For a while, it looked like I might be the only attendee of my tour, but as nice as it would have been to get my own private tour of downtown, I was glad when two couples showed up to join us. They were all visiting from out of town, so I was the lone local on the tour!

We started off with some history on the Plankinton Arcade itself (did you know there was once a club in the basement with 60 pool tables?) then set off into the city. I don’t want to spoil too much of the tour, but let’s just say there were shout-outs to Gertie the duck, tales of the city’s founders and a look at some of the most gorgeous skylights you’d never suspect were hiding inside local ceilings. Our guide pointed out the flat roofs, rounded gables, intricate detailing and cuppolas that distinguish different architectural styles – see, I told you there was interesting stuff happening up there! The tour ends just in time to watch the wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum flap at noon. It would be the perfect time to go check out the museum or stop at Café Calatrava for lunch before heading back to your car or hotel.

I had a lot of fun on my tour (it didn’t hurt that the weather was stunning), and even as a local who’s pretty involved in Milwaukee I felt like I learned a lot. It’s always great to take a stroll downtown in lovely weather, and if you’re anything like me you’ll cherish having a new stable of fun historical “did you knows” to casually toss out to impress your friends and astonish your enemies (am I the only one who does this?). Whether you’re a visitor or a local, the Historic Milwaukee walking tours are a great opportunity to get to know the city better. Don’t forget to look up!

 

 
The American Road Exhibit Evokes Personal Vacation Memories

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Thursday, August 6, 2014

By Jill Hauck
Marketing Assistant

It’s time for a trip down memory lane, everyone! The Harley-Davidson Museum’s exhibit, The American Road, is a chance for you to take a road trip without leaving home and remember the good old days when the family packed up the car and headed out for its annual summer vacation.

The exhibit celebrates the rise of the road trip as an American ritual, starting in the 1930s when it became a popular vacation choice for many families.

My Dad, Bill Parrish, was a firm believer in mixing it up for our summer road trips. Over the course of my childhood, my family hit about 47 states. The trips were filled with games, songs and picnics at road side tables. I remember seeing all the billboards along the road in Arizona, which drew everyone into the tourist arena at Tombstone to witness the re-enactment of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.

When I walked into The American Road exhibit, the memories all came back to me. It was like walking back in time to my childhood. There were cars that looked like the ones my father owned, license plates that resembled the ones we counted on our trips and giant billboards that I recognized from the open road.

Harley-Davidson’s brand is based on strong family values and the importance of America’s open roads. The American Road exhibit is a great reminder of the importance of family, making memories and always being up for an adventure.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 1 so be sure to check it out!