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October in Milwaukee


We’re starting to feel a chill in the air here in Milwaukee, which means it’s time to break out the plaid and polish up your boots. This weekend I’ll be getting into the Fall mood—pulling my cool weather wardrobe out of storage, giving the apartment a little seasonal make-over, and checking off some items on my October in Milwaukee to-do list:
—Grab a coffee and cuddle up next to the fire on the Stone Creek Coffee patio, located at their newest location next to the new Radio Milwaukee studios.
—Master the art of pie-making (and if you fail, there’s always The Elegant Farmer)
—Head out to your nearest pumpkin patch
—Whip up a batch of Spoon Fork Bacon’s Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup (love the shout-out to Wisconsin’s Mars Cheese Castle)
—Find creative inspiration in the season—whether in nature (loving these DIY pumpkin candle holders) or the fine art realm—I’m especially smitten with artist Steven Vasquez Lopez’s incredible hand-drawn works on paper, from the Some Strings Attached and Patches series.
Steven Vasques Lopez, Patches 016, 2013, Ink on paper

Steven Vasques Lopez, Patches 016, 2013, Ink on paper

Steven Vasquez Lopez, Some strings attached 006, 2012, Ink on paper, 11 x 14 in.

Steven Vasquez Lopez, Some strings attached 006, 2012, Ink on paper, 11 x 14 in.


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Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary

Tank Wall, Harley-Davidson Museum

This Labor Day weekend, Milwaukee will host a monumental celebration for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary, featuring 60 bands, street parties featuring bikes from all over the world, and a host activities on the Harley-Davidson Museum grounds. If you’ve never visited the Harley-Davidson Museum, it is striking.  Truly impeccably designed. Each artfully displayed exhibit explores the history of the Harley, and culture surrounding the iconic company. Whether you have little to no interest in motorcycles, or are a life-long enthusiast, do not miss out on this museum.

If you plan to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum this Labor Day weekend, timed ticketing reservations are highly recommended. As I’ve already toured the museum, I’ll be taking in the celebration at a distance and doing a little people watching (with a cocktail in hand) at The Yard, the fabulous patio at Milwaukee’s boutique hotel, The Iron Horse (appropriately geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts). Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

The Motorcycle Gallery, Upper Level, Harley-Davison Museum

Board Track Display, Harley-Davidson Museum

*images: Harley-Davidson Museum

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Girl on a Bicycle

 Fullscreen Images (2)  Marcel Vertès  (Ujpest, Hungary 1895–Paris 1961), Girl on a Bicycle, Watercolor and graphite, with graphite border

Marcel Vertès (Ujpest, Hungary 1895–Paris 1961), Girl on a Bicycle, Watercolor and graphite with graphite border

As part of an incredible wedding gift from my parents-in-law, the husband & I picked out brand new bicycles last month, both of which arrived this weekend—a road bike for the husband & a hybrid for me. My trusty red Schwinn was stolen last year, and I’ve been itching for new wheels ever since. Though I probably won’t look as elegant as Vertès’ Girl on a Bicycle, we’ll be hitting the lakefront bike trails this weekend, and perhaps head toward Milwaukee’s French festival, Bastille Days.

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Street Scene

Félix Vallotton (Swiss, Lausanne 1865–1925 Paris), Street Scene in Paris (Coin de rue à Paris), 1895, Gouache and oil on cardboard

Milwaukee is bustling! Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival, is currently taking place here in Milwaukee, and having an extra 900,000 people packed into the city makes it feel a bit more crowded than usual, especially living within walking distance of the fair’s lakefront location. Though I’m not a fan of my quadrupled commute time, or the fruitless attempts at walking our 4 month old puppy without stopping every other step (which rarely happens on a deserted sidewalk, much less a packed one), I’m still looking forward to stopping by Milwaukee’s annual fest (primarily for a taste of Saz’s famous sour cream & chive fries? guilty.) Though Milwaukee’s crowds are not as glamorous as Vallotton’s, absolutely in love with the artist’s broad saturated planes of color.

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Lakefront Festival of Art & Sarah Giannobile

This past weekend, the husband and I braved the humid weather to visit the annual Lakefront Festival of Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This year, 180 artists from around the world displayed their works, from paintings and ceramic wares, to fiber and jewelry, amongst them a couple of familiar favorites, Cali Hobgood and Nick Wroblewski, as well as at least one new fave, Sarah Giannobile.

Giannobile’s gem-like forms are woven into delicate webs, each work a dream-like expression of the artist’s subconscious, explorations of childhood memories of farm-life in Missouri.

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Feeding the Ducks

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926), Feeding the Ducks, c. 1895, Drypoint and aquatint, with monotype inking, in color on cream laid paper

Spring finally reared its head in Milwaukee this weekend, and the city was out in fully force. The new apartment is steps away from both Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, which runs along Downtown’s Milwaukee River, and the Hank Aaron State Trail, which though 10 miles in total, is also a perfect shortcut from our apartment to the city’s Lakefront. I love that despite the fact that we’re in the middle of the city, we can still catch a glimpse of our agrarian neighbors. This week’s sighting, the most delicate, Cassatt-worthy duck’s nest, right on the river boardwalk.

Milwaukee RiverWalk | Good Old Modern

Duck's Nest | Good Old Modern


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