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50 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom in Southeast Wisconsin

Heather Roden is a real estate agent and part of The Roden/Lindauer Team in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Mequon office. Heather will periodically be sharing with Metro Milwaukee Living some fantastic and fun ideas for “staycations” around Southeast Wisconsin. Today, she shares 50 ways to beat summer boredom.

“I’m bored!” “There’s nothing to do!” Sound familiar this time of year? If you’ve decided to “staycation” in your home town, there are several things to do in the Milwaukee area! Here is a list of fifty things to do that my family and friends have enjoyed throughout the years. Feel free to save this list in your email or phone for easy access; or print this out and hang it on the fridge; and when you “have nothing to do” or the kids “are SO bored,” simply refer to this list! And…you don’t have to take out a loan to enjoy any of it! (more…)


Metro Milwaukee Festival Weekend Preview: June 25-27

Friday-Sunday

Greek Fest (Wisconsin State Fair Park, north lot), free admission

Say “Opa!” to Greek Fest! Celebrate Greek culture with traditional dancing, Greek music and especially delicious Greek cuisine. Enjoy a Friday night fish fry, gyros, chicken, pastiche, baklava and sweet pastries like the addicting loukoumathes (fried dough balls drizzled with honey). The festival runs all weekend from 11am to 11pm daily. Click here to learn more.

Saturday-Sunday

The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival  (Downtown Cedarburg), free admission

Arguably summer’s favorite fruit is placed on a pedestal at the 25th annual Cedarburg Strawberry Festival. You can find the guest of honor chocolate-dipped, frozen into ice cream, sweetened up as candy and liquefied as wine. Or, you can just purchase strawberries just as they are by the quart. As you revel in their juicy goodness, take a stroll through charming Downtown Cedarburg as you take in art exhibitions, live music all weekend (including a battle of the bands, the “Strawberry Jam,” on Saturday), strawberry cooking demonstrations and even strawberry-treat eating contests! (more…)


Your Summerfest 2010 Guide

It’s hard to believe it’s almost that time, but easily Milwaukee’s biggest festival, Summerfest, is only two days away! The “Big Gig,” as it’s affectionately known, kicks off on Thursday, and with an 11-day run and over 700 bands performing, the “World’s Largest Music Festival” has plenty packed in to entertain the entire family, whether you’re rocking out, pigging out or just spending the day people watching. Here, we’ve assembled a quick Summerfest Guide highlighting some of the biggest musical acts, tastiest grub, fun family entertainment and ways you can save on daily admission, ensuring you won’t miss a beat of fun throughout the fest. (more…)


Metro Milwaukee Festival Weekend Preview

This weekend has a couple big festivals scheduled, all along or near Milwaukee’s Lakefront. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the arts, a polka music enthusiast or an East Side hipster, you can’t complain about being bored with the lineup of fun festivals this weekend.

Here’s what’s on tap:

FRIDAY-SUNDAY (All weekend long):

Polish Fest (Henry Maier Festival Park) Admission – $12.

You don’t have to be Polish to enjoy this always-lively festival. This year’s fest is packed to the brim with fun entertainment, including live bands (from polka to contemporary), folk art demonstrations, a cultural village, Polish art displays, cooking demonstrations and even vodka tastings! Don’t miss the Chopin Youth Piano Contest, held on Sunday at 12:30. To learn more about Polish fest, click here. (more…)


Homebuyers tax credit extended

Good news if you’re feeling crunched for time to close on your new home to take advantage of the tax credit – The Senate has just extended the closing deadline three more months!

On Wednesday, the Senate accepted an amendment to extend the closing deadline to September 30th for buyers who met the April 30th deadline to have a signed contract. Previously, buyers had to have closed by June 30th to be eligible for the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers and $6,500 credit for existing homeowners.

For more information on the tax credit and the recent extension, contact a knowledgeable Realtor in your neighborhood.


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