Bett­ter in MKE

Milwaukee Magazine - - Content - ca­role@mil­wau­keemag.com @CaroleNicksin Ca­role Nicksin

FOR ME, ONE OF THE high­lights of last sum­mer was a Yacht Rock cruise. In case you don’t know, this is among the best deals in town: For $5, you get a 2-hour boat ride, com­plete with a DJ and danc­ing.

My first (but not my last!) ex­cur­sion was on the evening of the sum­mer sol­stice. We pulled away from the dock and headed down the Mil­wau­kee River, trav­el­ing be­neath the grand arch of the Hoan Bridge, past the Pier­head light­house, its per­fect shade of red con­trast­ing spec­tac­u­larly with the blue of the sky and wa­ter. We curved to the left, around the Break­wa­ter light­house, af­ford­ing a close-range glimpse of its pic­turesque de­crepi­tude. And then we were there, out on the open wa­ter. It was the long­est day of the year, and there was noth­ing to do but en­joy one­self and look for­ward to the sum­mer ahead.

And there was much to look for­ward to, as there al­ways seems to be here in Mil­wau­kee in the sum­mer­time. When the edi­tors and I sat down to plan out this is­sue, our an­nual City Guide, com­ing up with ideas to fill the pages was def­i­nitely not the prob­lem; whit­tling down and or­ga­niz­ing ev­ery­thing was the task we had to wres­tle with. Af­ter some de­lib­er­a­tion, we set­tled on the for­mat of our fea­ture story, “14 Week­ends of Fun,” which starts on page 48. Start­ing with the first week­end of June and con­tin­u­ing through La­bor Day, we rounded up a va­ri­ety of events, ac­tiv­i­ties and des­ti­na­tions that rep­re­sent the best that our city and the sur­round­ing area has to of­fer. We wanted to pro­vide you with the in­side scoop, so we con­sulted all types of ex­perts as writ­ers and sources. For in­stance, the tips for tack­ling Sum­mer­fest are writ­ten by Kris Ko­drich, whose bona fides is hav­ing at­tended the vast ma­jor­ity of Sum­mer­fests since the Big Gig’s in­cep­tion – in­clud­ing the first, in 1968, at age 8. And the cu­rated walk through the city (page 60) was writ­ten by Anna Lardi­nois, the cre­ator of “Walk­ing Mil­wau­kee,” sets of cards that of­fer self-guided tours of Mil­wau­kee and Wauwatosa. By the way, you can find an ex­tended ver­sion of Anna’s walk­ing tour at Mil­wau­keeMag.com.

But still, 14 week­ends are not enough to cap­ture all that the city has to of­fer. You’ll find more guid­ance in the Cul­ture sec­tion, where on page 34 there’s an ar­ti­cle that high­lights re­cur­ring events, such as Chill on the Hill and Jazz in the Park. This is one that you’ll want to cut out and post on your re­frig­er­a­tor. You’ll also find our own picks of the best music, art, the­ater and other up­com­ing events in that sec­tion.

I think most of us would agree: Sum­mer is some­how bet­ter in Mil­wau­kee. So use this is­sue as your guide, and make the most of it. I know I plan to!

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