Milwaukee Magazine

DIY Submarine Caper

Make the most of the waning summer by seeing the night all the way through until dawn. While you’re waiting for the sunrise, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep you busy.

- By Kristine Hansen

8 P.M. to 1O P.M.

On Aug. 25th, Milwaukee Astronomic­al Society’s public viewing at its New Berlin observator­y starts with a presentati­on in the Quonset Hut, followed by peeks through the telescopes. “You’ll see a fingernail moon – not quite a half moon,” says the society’s Paul Borchardt, plus Jupiter and Saturn. BYO bug repellant! (milwaukeea­

10:45 P.M. to 11:55 P.M.

Cruise into Jazz Estate – cocktail king John Dye’s authentic dip back into the 1920s – to hear the second set. Kick back with a refreshing “Heart Leaf” (banana, walnut and pineapple with mezcal).


It’s Cosmic Bowling (with disco and laser lights) at Landmark Lanes – two blocks from Jazz Estate – until 1 a.m. Check out live music (also until 1 a.m.) before tapping into your inner teen with foosball in the old-school arcade. The bar stays open until 2 a.m.

2:15 A.M. to 4 A.M.

Dine on eggs and bacon at Ma Fischer’s, an East Side staple since the late ‘40s, before cruising down to the beach, via Lincoln Memorial Drive, for the sunrise.

4:30\A.M. to 6:30 A.M.

Lake Michigan’s shoreline – at Bradford Beach or McKinley Marina – on Milwaukee’s East Side is the perfect spot to take in the sunrise, which will happen shortly after 6 a.m. Arrive early, as the beauty “starts an hour and a half before the sunrise,” says Christophe­r Stockdale, associate professor of physics at Marquette University. That’s thanks to three gradated stages of twilight – civil, nautical and astronomic­al – before sunrise. Hope for overnight showers, because “rain usually washes the sky out,” Stockdale says. “If there’s dust in the air, it will mute the colors.”

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