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Monday, June 03, 2013

MILWAUKEE’S FESTIVAL SEASON GOES FULL THROTTLE THIS JUNE

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Carrie Woods
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Milwaukee's Festival Season Goes Full Throttle This June

High Adrenaline Kicks Include Fast Cars, Racing Sausages on Water Skis and Rock Stars Galore

MILWAUKEE – June 3, 2013 – Temperatures are heating up in anticipation of the action roaring into Milwaukee this summer including IndyCars racing to the finish line at the historic Milwaukee Mile, international extreme water sports athletes making waves at Veterans Park Lagoon and the Big Boomski fireworks lighting up the sky to cap off a day of nonstop polka dancing. June is jam-packed with live action entertainment, festivals and events all over Milwaukee.

Wisconsin’s largest celebration of LGBT culture kick starts the fun. The 26th annual PrideFest (June 7-9) is the world’s largest LGBT festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers. Get in on the fun and run the “Big Gay 5k” or compete for the title of Mr. or Miss PrideFest 2013. 

Give Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift of a weekend full of cars and stars as the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the Milwaukee Mile for Milwaukee IndyFest (June 14-15). Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating speedway to see the drivers up close and personal, let the kids check out the track from above on the Ferris wheel in the Family Fun Zone or test your pit crew skills at the IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge in the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden. For a truly unique experience, catch the World Championships of Rickshaw Racing!

Experience the vodka tastings, Chopin youth piano competition and more than 40 craft and goods vendors at one of the largest Polish festivals in North America. Learn the technique of making perfect pierogi while listening to traditional folk bands at this year’s Polish Fest (June 14-16). Be sure not to miss The Big Boomski grand finale firework display on Saturday night!

Milwaukee’s Veterans Park Lagoon is home to the 4th annual Malibu Open Pro WaterSki Championship and Summer Festival (June 21-22). Pro athletes from more than 33 countries come to Milwaukee to compete, exceeding 70 mph on the water and jumping more than 200 feet in the air! This event is fun for the entire family with a rock climbing wall and bouncy house for the kids and a beer garden for the adults. Not to be outdone on their home lagoon, the Racing Sausages of Miller Park will fly through the air on water skis at the "The Flying Sausage" event.

View artwork displayed by 180 artists from around the world along a backdrop of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s beautiful “wings” and Lake Michigan at the Lakefront Festival of Art (June 21-23). Stroll through the sculpture garden or bid on some of your favorite pieces in the Silent Auction to add to your collection. Activities include a children’s area with face painting and a create-your-own masterpiece station, a Fiber Art fashion show, live music and dining options from Vietnamese to French dishes add to the menu of fun.

Milwaukee Greek Fest (June 21-23) returns to Wisconsin State Fair Park for another weekend full of music and dancing. It wouldn’t be an authentic Greek celebration without the proper Mediterranean dishes such as gyros, baklava, saganaki and much more.

Your taste buds will be begging for more after you sample some of the sweet creations at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival (June 22-23). Where else can you have a strawberry brat while sipping strawberry blush wine and top it off with strawberry cheesecake for dessert? Gluttons for this sweet summer berry can come back Sunday morning for live outdoor music at the Strawberry Pancake Breakfast.

Summerfest, the showstopper of the “City of Festivals” lineup, rocks the lakefront with more than 800 bands performing on 11 stages for 11 days. The party starts on June 26 and brings some of the most diverse musical and entertainment acts together inside the 75-acre world-class festival grounds, complete with four huge shopping marketplaces and food vendors featuring festival favorites such as corn-on-the-cob and deep-fried treats, to fajitas, ribs, spaghetti and more.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IndyFest Rumbles in to the Milwaukee Mile

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IndyFest Rumbles in to the Milwaukee Mile

This action-packed two-day festival will feature live music, family activities and more!

MILWAUKEE – May 22, 2013 – The Milwaukee IndyFest brings the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship to the Milwaukee Mile for another year of fast cars, great music and family fun! On Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, visit the longest continually operating speedway in the world, the Milwaukee Mile, for an unforgettable time.

Activities begin on Thursday night with the Milwaukee IndyFest Street Party, hosted by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, complete with live music, food vendors and local entertainment for everyone to enjoy! There will also be autograph sessions with the drivers and vintage cars on display.

On Friday and Saturday, IndyFest has everything a racing fan would love and more! Cool off and relax at the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden where each day there will be live music beginning at 10 a.m., including the MarchFourth Marching Band, a world-renowned band that plays everything from funk, rock and jazz combined with stilt-acrobatics! On Friday, fans can also participate in the Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge to test out their pit crew skills against friends for some friendly competition. Later in the evening, you can see the pros duke it out for a chance to win the 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge Champion title. 

The Family Fun Zone has activities for children of all ages throughout the festival. See the racing oval from atop the Ferris wheel, ride the merry-go-round and bump around in the bumper cars. On Saturday, Radio Disney will have two performances where kids can sing, play games, dance and win prizes!

Fans can take part in interactive IndyCar and product displays and live Q&A’s with the drivers at the IZOD IndyCar Fan Village. You can even get the autograph of your favorite driver at the autograph sessions on Saturday!

The Marcus Club, located in the heart of the IZOD IndyCar Series paddock, lets fans take in all of the action from a private viewing platform.  This VIP club will feature appearances by members of the legendary open-wheel racing family Michael and Marco Andretti, as well as other IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and legends. Marcus Club members can interact with these stars during exclusive Q&A and autograph sessions.

IndyCars aren’t the only things racing during IndyFest. The inaugural World Championships of Rickshaw Racing takes place all weekend with two qualifying races on Friday and the championship race on Saturday. Featuring some of the best and brightest stars in Rickshaw Racing, this is one event not to be missed!

Make it a weekend in Milwaukee and stay at the stylish InterContinental Milwaukee with a premier on-site restaurant, Kil@Wat. The elegant and sophisticated Pfister Hotel, which houses the largest collection of Victorian artwork of any hotel in the world, is a perfect retreat for an art lover. The art deco Hilton Milwaukee offers a prime location as well as several dining options for after a long day of festivities.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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The Moose are Coming…8,000 Headed to Milwaukee May 23-29!

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Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
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Candice Warltier
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The Moose are Coming…8,000 Headed to Milwaukee May 23-29!

Milwaukee, WI (May 22, 2013) – Nearly 8,000 members of Moose International are headed to Milwaukee this week for their 125th Annual International Convention from May 23-29 at the Delta Center and Milwaukee Theatre. Throughout the convention, the Moose organization will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mooseheart—Illinois’ largest residential childcare community—as well as its commitment to serving children, seniors and communities throughout North America.

“If you haven’t heard of the Moose yet, you will soon! More than 8,000 of our members from across North America will join us in Milwaukee as we celebrate one hundred years of caring for children,“ said Scott Hart, Director General/CEO of Moose International. “We have a strong base in Wisconsin with roughly 21,000 members,” he added.

The convention hopes to bring increased awareness of the Moose in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin and inform the public of the organization’s dedication to community service programs valued between $75 million and $100 million annually throughout North America.

As part of the observance of Mooseheart’s 100th anniversary, Moose International invites the public to visit Mooseheart Child City and School, located an hour west of Chicago, for the Centennial Celebration on July 27, 2013. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet students and learn more about how Moose members have provided more than 12,000 children with a second chance at life. They’ll also enjoy a carnival, musical entertainment including Rick K and the Allnighters and the Beatles tribute band American English, and a spectacular fireworks display to conclude the big day.

In 2013 Moose members are also commemorating the 100th anniversary of both the Women of the Moose, and the Moose Legion, the organization’s Second Degree. Currently more than 400,000 members of the Moose are women—and the number of women interested in joining continues to grow.

One of the largest conventions in Milwaukee this year, Moose International’s economic impact to the city is estimated at $11.3 million. Moose convention activities will take place at the Hilton and Hyatt, and attendees will enjoy restaurants, attractions and nightlife in downtown Milwaukee.

For more information about lodges in the greater Milwaukee area visit www.heardofmoose.org, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/heardofmoose.

About the Moose

Moose International is a four-nation organization of approximately 1.1 million men and women, dedicated to caring for the young and old, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life. The Moose organization maintains approximately 1,700 Moose Centers across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, providing members with family-oriented social, dining and sports activities. The Moose organization’s main endeavors include Mooseheart Child City & School, a residential community and school for children whose families are unable to care for them; and Moosehaven, a Florida retirement community for senior Moose members. Children at Mooseheart, located outside of Chicago, receive the nurturing home, spiritual development and solid education they need to reach their full potential through a variety of innovative, nationally recognized educational and family-living programs.

About VISIT Milwaukee

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dear MKE’S Latest Film Takes a Backseat

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Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee
800.231.0903 or 414.287.6230
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Dear MKE’S Latest Film Takes a Backseat

Profile of Local Cabbie Reveals a Passion for Music and Milwaukee

Milwaukee, May 15, 2013 – A lot of people claim to know their home town “like the back of their hand.” Rory Orgill does. Rory’s been a Milwaukee cab driver for more than 16 years and he loves what he does. He’s an unheralded ambassador for the city, unabashedly proud of Milwaukee – and in particular Milwaukee’s music scene. The latest in the innovative Dear MKE series features his story, and shows how the view from the backseat can be surprisingly entertaining, enlightening and purely Dear MKE.

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Milwaukee director, Frankie Latina, and cinematographer, Vinnie Besasie, spent an evening riding with Rory. Along the way, they discovered just how passionate he is about live music. He’s the kind of guy who’s kept every ticket stub to every concert he’s ever been to in Milwaukee and no matter what kind of music you like, he’ll know just the place to catch a live set. Although his “office” is a little different than that of most people, Rory wouldn’t have it any other way. He likes the freedom of being his own boss, meeting new people every night and sharing the wisdom earned from almost two decades behind the wheel.

The film is the fifth in the acclaimed Dear MKE series, and features music by local musicians Eugene Rueter, Kyle Feerick, and the band Collections of Colonies of Bees.

Dear MKE is an innovative 12-part film series that seeks to dispel old perceptions and paint a picture of the many facets of Milwaukee as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The kick-off film debuted at the Milwaukee Film Festival in 2012. Under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, this first-ever collaborative project brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team. The remaining documentaries will continue to be released over the next several months, including four that were chosen as a result of a Dear MKE story contest.

Dear MKE is on Facebook and Twitter.

The Dear MKE Film Series is a community collaboration that includes the following sponsors and partners.

Sponsors Production Sponsor Media Sponsors
VISIT Milwaukee Jack Turner 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
Spirit of Milwaukee   OnMilwaukee.com
Marcus Theaters   Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Summerfest    
Masterlock    

Partners: AboutFace Media, Buzz Monkeys, Inc., Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Hanson Dodge Creative, Jigsaw and Milwaukee Film Festival

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.24 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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