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August 2016 Highlights

I can’t believe that another summer has flown by, and we’re now moving into September. Personally, I’m so glad that I don’t have to be in back-to-school mode and can enjoy every last bit of warm weather while it’s still here.

Keith Pulvermacher Band at Denim Park, Milwaukee WI 8.3.16

8/3: Keith Pulvermacher Band @ Denim Park. Denim Park is a fabulous spot in Milwaukee to hear free music on Wednesday nights in the summer. In 2014, I heard I’m Not a Pilot at Denim Park, and in 2015, I heard Parallel. This year I managed to catch the Keith Pulvermacher Band, featuring among others, Peter Thomas of I’m Not a Pilot. So fabulous. There is nothing like hearing great music outdoors on a beautiful summer night. I have a few video clips from the show over on YouTube.

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8/7-8/13: Montana. Obviously, one of the biggest things that happened in August was our week long trip to Montana. I have a separate Montana highlights post over here.

North Point Lighthouse for Full Moon August 2016

8/18: Full moon at North Point Lighthouse. I’ve spent a lot of time this summer watching the moon, especially the days around the full moons. I found out about the full moon lighthouse climbs when I was researching for my August Milwaukee events post and decided I had to make it to the last one of the summer.  They had drinks and snacks, and the entire first floor of the house was open so you could browse their exhibits and artifacts when you weren’t making the climb. The lighthouse featured this photo on their Instagram and Facebook pages, which was pretty cool.

Also, before the full moon lighthouse tour, I hadn’t been to Lake Park in months and didn’t realize it was a huge Pokemon Go gathering place. Has anyone else experienced the Pokemon Go phenomenon this summer? There were literally hundreds of people there.

Merry-Go-Round at Church Festival

8/19: Church festival. Just about every Catholic church in southeast WI holds an annual festival, typically in the summer, as one of their big fundraisers. As illustrated by this photo, they’re kind of a big deal. In addition to more than half a dozen carnival rides, there were food and drink booths, multiple entertainment stages, casino games, auction prizes, lots of kid games, and more.

Baby Giraffe at Zoo a la Carte

8/20: Zoo a la Carte. One of the single best events at the Milwaukee County Zoo is Zoo a la Carte. There are food stations and music, and the zoo is open late. The zoo is so big and the food lines are never very long so it’s easy to grab your food and spread out somewhere. Some of you may have seen a few food snaps in my Instagram story (randomcreativeart). While we were there, we got to meet the baby giraffe who was born this spring.

Irish Fest 2016

8/21: Irish Fest. For the past few years, Jake and I have been going to the Irish Fest Sunday mass and then enjoying lunch, Irish dancing, and a few of the exhibits. Milwaukee is home to several Irish dance studios, and they’re all fabulous.

Penny Arcade for Game Night August 2016

8/26: Game night. Jake and I host a monthly board game night for family and friends to enjoy delicious food and drink, good conversation, and of course, a few games. I am terrible about taking pictures of game night because I’m always working on food prep or doing some sort of house cleaning or prep right up until the last minute. There are certain tasks like putting drinks on ice or getting an appetizer in the oven that just can’t happen until right before the event. Then we have people arriving and I forget all about taking pictures.

Anyway, so once again, I managed one little snap, this time of Penny Arcade late in the evening. Some of you may have also seen some of my food prep snaps. This month I made ham and swiss sliders and chicken parmesan sliders (one pan of each) and chewy coconut cookies (which are basically sugar cookies with coconut) to serve alongside a spread of fresh fruit and veggies.

What are you up to in September?
Any fun local events I should check out?

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Pamela September 2, 2016, 10:01 am

    This Summer went too fast! Wonderful pictures to remember a perfect Summer!

  • Judy Nolan September 3, 2016, 11:25 am

    You have some wonderful memories, along with photos to remind you.

  • Natasha September 3, 2016, 9:03 pm

    Looks like a great month! We’re actually working on making some steam punk-style goggles right now, but I don’t think they’ll be as cool as all those lenses on Jake’s hat! I’m very excited for a trip at the end of September. I’m going to a photography/generally creative conference in Colorado Springs!!

    • Rose September 5, 2016, 5:23 pm

      I can’t wait to see the steampunk-style goggles, and I hope that the conference goes well! It sounds really neat.

  • BeadedTail September 5, 2016, 6:52 pm

    Summer did go by way too fast! Glad you had such a fun filled August!

  • Susan Zutautas September 17, 2016, 4:53 am

    Summer always seems to go by so quickly. But then Autumn is always my favorite season, so I’m happy :). Loved all your August pictures and can’t wait to see your Fall ones!

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