Milwaukee goes by a few different names: The Cream City, The Brew City, and during summer time, The City of Festivals. And one festival above all the others has given Milwaukee that title: Summerfest. Summerfest is an eleven-day music festival held on the shores of Lake Michigan just steps from Milwaukee’s downtown. Every year it brings in nearly one million visitors with promises of great music, cold beer, excellent food, and one of the biggest and the best parties in the nation. It never fails to deliver. This blogger and other bloggers seem to agree. Word of mouth marketing is all this festival needs.
Ahhh, the lure of the open road and the call of that big event. There is nothing like it, all those miles of open road ahead of you. Now imagine you are walking. Hitchhiking. People still do it and no I’m not kidding. There is an entire subculture of folks that hitchhike to their favorite tailgating events each year, mud, flood, hell or high water. While some people have relegated themselves to playing cornhole on their computer, these people have gone the other direction.
The event is only half the fun. When you’re hitchhiking your life is on the road and making it comfortable and fun is the name of the game. Taking the time to gather the right gear before you leave ensures your pack is party perfect. Every successful hitchhiker knows the essentials to pack on their back to make that big hike to tailgate party central.
“Always take as little as possible,” says Dwayne Miller, a hitch hiker who traveled from Chesterton, Indiana to the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, some 512 miles. “Once you get on the road whatever you have on your back just gets heavier and heavier.”
There are certain essentials that every hitch hiker needs to pack for a tailgating event of any kind. Besides you basic tent, sleeping bag and hygiene products rain gear is the most important. A good, sturdy poncho protects you from most inclement weather situations while your between rides. An umbrella can come in handy if its the retractable kind that wont take up much room.
Known for his non-stop work ethic when it comes to music, he’s released over two dozen studio albums, relentlessly toured around the world and provided priceless inspiration to his devoted legion of fans, affectionately known as “Parrotheads.” Meanwhile, on the non-musical side of things, he’s written three best-selling books, started his own restaurant chain and co-owned two minor league baseball teams, to name a few.
It all started at Auburn University in Alabama, where Buffett first picked up an acoustic guitar. Eventually graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a history degree, he worked as a country music writer for Billboard, piquing an interest in the music world that carries on to this day.
Ultimately deciding to make music instead of writing about those who did, Buffett released his folk-flavored debut, Down to Earth, in 1970. Over the next six years, he recorded five more albums, eventually making his way to the top 25 of Billboard’s US Country charts with Havaña Daydreamin’ in 1976.
If you’re like most people, when you hear tailgating you think of the pre-game party that takes place in the parking lots of stadiums across the country. But tailgating is not restricted to just football games. It’s a lifestyle that can extend into any event or social gathering.
Typically, tailgating is the prequel to a major sporting event. Most people don’t even think to link tailgating to concerts or other live events. If you haven’t tailgated at a country music concert, you don’t know what you’re missing.
The best part about tailgating at a country music concert is the feeling in the atmosphere. Sure, anticipation is high before a sporting event but sports fans feel an array of emotions on game day: nervousness about whether your team will be able to pull off the big win, bitterness toward a rival team, and the dread that if, heaven forbid, your team loses and your entire week is inevitably ruined.
One legendary group that has reunited that truly calls for a celebration is The Beach Boys. The band not only helped define not just American popular music in the 1960s, but also created several distinct sub-genres of music in the process. They are one of the most beloved bands in music history with a string of hits spanning four decades. And next week they will embark on a 50th anniversary tour that starts after recording a charity single for the Earthquake/Tsunami relief effort for Japan. They still even have a significant facebook following and are mentioned constantly on social media.
After a few festival dates and a surprise appearance at the 2012 Grammy Awards, the group has booked a full-fledged 50 date American tour. The core of the reunited group features mostly original members including mastermind Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. They are even releasing a new CD later this year! This is already one of the hottest tickets for this spring and summer, so you better get those tickets soon and start planning for the pre-show party Surfin Safari style.
If you are going to one of these dates, it is sure to be a night to remember. Videos of the group show them to be in terrific form and sounding a sweet as ever vocally. Why not do it up the tailgating with style and panache and really get into the spirit of the show.
Jimmy Bufett’s musical career hasn’t always been about island sunsets and frozen drinks. During the late 60′s he was actually a country artist and released folk rock records. He could often be found busking, playing on the street for money, in New Orleans.
Almost five decades later Buffett has become a musical icon, selling out just about every venue he plays. He has eight gold records and nine platinum or multi-platinum records to date. People from California to Boston all know this southern treasure.
He even has his own wildly-devoted fan base, nicknamed, parrotheads. The term first came into use during a 1985 show at King’s Island Amusement park near Cincinnati, Ohio. During the show, Buffett commented on everyone’s attire, Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats and how the same people kept coming back to see him, like deadheads. Buffett attributes a lot of his success to the loyalty of fans in that area of the country.
Parrotheads In Paradise is by far the largest parrothead institution. It has 246 chapters, including some in Australia and Canada. It’s membership hovers just under 30,000.
“Someone once said that parrotheads are just deadheads with jobs and frequent flyer miles,” said Wayne Myers, former social director of the Atlanta chapter of Parrotheads In Paradise.
Atlanta is the birthplace of the Parrotheads In Paradise club. It’s founding was based on the principal of “partying with a purpose.” To this day all PhIP clubs are largely involved with communitiy service.
The art of tailgating can be described as a delicate balance between fandom and celebration. It is an event that does what nothing else can: It brings together sports and eating. It’s a place where fans can not only paint their faces, but enjoy a beer with a supporter from the other team. It’s a medium where sports can be enjoyed pre- and post-game. a great place to network with clients. A great place to have fun.
There is something about the combination of friends, family, appetizers and beverages that excites fans like few other things can. Grilling burgers that are branded with your team’s logo, competing to see whose flag can fly the highest, and dressing children in sports paraphernalia – all are as American as the hot dogs and apple pies that are consumed while doing them. And while this time-honored tradition dates back to some of the earliest sporting events, tailgating has arguably grown more popular than the events with which they are associated.
Everyone has a picture in their head of the basic ingredients for a skewer—some kind of meat (chicken, pork, maybe thick pieces of steak) coupled with flavor which can come from onions, peppers, or both, and a bit of sweet to cap off the skewer meal which tends to derive from pineapple’s zesty taste. This traditional skewer can be found on barbecues across the country, offering a change of pace and fun alternative to a tailgate party from the usual burgers, dogs, and brats that tend to dominate the grill. With such an unconventional display of food, there is so much more than meat, peppers, onions, and pineapple that can be skewered.
What is lacking with many tailgate spreads is more sweet options. One piece of pineapple on a skewer packed with meat, onions, and pepper will not satisfy any sweet tooth especially if there are kids or adults who are children at heart and eager to complete a meal with desert from the barbecue. Skewers can provide the meal, and just as importantly, the sweets after the meal.
Like pulling into a Rolls-Royce dealership and driving away in a Phantom, everyone knows where to find a great product that costs a bundle.
Similarly, a good bourbon is easy to track down. Several can be spotted on the shelves or (more likely) in a locked cabinet at any liquor store. The question is, how big of a dent to you want to put in your wallet?
If your price range is low to intermediate, then Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an outstanding choice. Medium-bodied with distinct flavors, Bulleit is a quality bourbon with a great taste. The nose brings sweet flavors of honey and vanilla with a distinct spiciness, while the finish maintains that spice yet also features the oaky taste of a more traditional sour-mash bourbon whiskey.
Attention tailgaters: April is National Noodle Month. OK, maybe it was March and we’re just now clearing the decks, but no matter, there are many tasty and easy-to-make noodle dishes that can easily be incorporated into an upcoming tailgate event.
Noodles and pasta have much in common, but to be classified as a noodle, the dough must contain 5.5 percent egg solids. Noodles are formed of unleavened dough, typically wheat, rice or buckwheat although oddities like acorn meal, mung beans and potato starch sometimes are used. Once the dough is rolled out it is cut, often into strings a la spaghetti, but also into a huge variety of shapes including the little alphabet letters you might remember floating in your soup when you were young, orecchitte, meaning “little ears”; fiori, flower-shaped and farfalle, shaped like a butterfly or bowtie. The word noodle derives from the German nudel.
The basic noodle is the soft variety that is cooked in water and drained. Pasta sauce can be added. Chilled noodles can be served in a salad or, as they are in Japan, served cold with a dipping sauce. Fried noodles include dishes where the noodles are stir fried with meat, seafood or vegetables as found in Chinese lo mein, Thai pad thai and others. Noodles in soup are the familiar chicken or beef noodle soup; ramen; spatzle, a German pasta made with wheat and eggs; udon which are thick Japanese noodles usually served in a broth and other variations around the globe. Noodle casseroles like lasagna are good tailgate fodder if you can figure out a way to keep the dish warm. Pastitsio, the Greek dish, and kugel are other types of noodle casseroles. Modern culture gave rise to instant noodles, the student staple. Four thousand year old noodles—said to be well- preserved– were found at an archeological site in China. The story about Marco Polo bringing pasta to Italy and thereby beginning the Italian pasta cycle is entirely apocryphal.
A commercial appears on television. An Australia didgeridoo vibrates a well known drone, a unique sound which has no parallels in the world. Next a can of Forster’s blue flashes before the tailgater’s eyes. The commercial has made a connection. This is a well thought out ad. Foster’s has done its homework.
There are a lot beers that enter the market and falter. Forster’s, however, is one that’s firmly in the mainstream. Attend any outdoor event and scout out which beer people are buying. Unfortunately, many are drinking a brew based on what is cheapest or what’s currently on sale. If we see that familiar Foster’s blue among the revelers, we know this person has good taste.
Foster’s has a loyal following. There’s history to this company and they’ve been busy. Foster’s knows exactly the type of customer they want, whether it’s the tailgater or someone at a backyard barbecue According to one author, Jessica, the beer is her favorite. Even if it is not the best for weight loss.
Get your kicks on Route 66. Oh yes those immortal lyrics to a song that will never die. Whether it’s cruising in your gleaming hot rod, hearing a strong, well-tuned V8 power you down the road, or humming along to a sweet melody, it all makes for fond memories. Route 66 has it all.
The Early Years
Highway 66 was historically known as the “Main Street of America or the Will Rogers Highway.” During the 1920s many people called for a national highway system to handle burgeoning traffic. Everyone had or wanted a car; the automobile was showing up everywhere. Cyrus Avery, a savvy Oklahoma businessman, recognized an opportunity and began campaigning for a national highway system. Mr. Avery believed such a road should run through his state. Soon plans were implemented for a highway running from Chicago to Los Angeles. U.S. Highway legislation was signed into law during the 1920s. Heated discussion abounded on what to call the Chicago/Los Angeles corridor. Finally, Avery settled on “66” because he thought the double digit number sounded pleasant and was easy to remember. And right he was. At 2,451 miles long Highway 66 soon grabbed the imagination of the nation.
During the 1930s and throughout the 1950s traffic grew exponentially until the interstate highway system gradually began to replace it. Truckers liked Highway 66 because much of the road was flat, at least in until the western regions. During the early years Route 66 saw a phenomenal rise in the mom-and-pop businesses.
It didn’t take long before tourist saw service stations, family owned restaurants, motor courts, drive-in theaters and the ubiquitous hot rod. These were the golden years for the highway. Long before people were interested in why their blogs were not making any money.
Most young readers, if they are outside of the Chicago area, will not remember Harry Caray. If you were born and raised in Chicago, however, you know exactly whom we are toasting. The colorful fan’s broadcaster of the White Sox and the Cubs during a span of 27 years is still regarded today for having the best 7th inning stretch routine ever in major league baseball.
Harry Caray was born with the name Harry Christopher Carabina, in the poorest part of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. His father walked out on the family when Harry was an infant, and his mother died when he was eight years old, so he was raised by his aunt. His zealous broadcasting and zeal for life allowed him to climb out of the slums of St. Louis, and led him to a career in radio that cannot be surpassed. By the time he worked his way into the broadcasting booth for the St. Louis Cardinals, this short, amusing man with cola-bottle glasses was heralded as a loyal fan who criticized every move that the players made.
You do not have to be from Cincinnati to make or enjoy real Cincinnati chili and with the various ways you can make it this style of chili is fantastic for tailgating. Cincinnati geeks of all types love their chili, with more than 180 chili parlors in the Midwest city. Cincy chili has a thinner consistency and also has some unique ingredients that are not found in other types of chili. Add to the fact that there are several ways to serve the chili and making the “works” means you are having the deluxe 5-way chili, served atop spaghetti and topped with cheese, onions and beans.
Life is hard, nobody argues that. You may have problems at work or at home, someone in your family may be sick, you may have financial troubles, but you can overcome everything if you just learn to have fun and be happy no matter what.
Lots of people all over the world experience anxiety problems. Anxiety is normal but if it is too much, it may cause problems in your life and take all the fun out of it. To efficiently manage anxiety problems you should probably know some anxiety remedies.
People with anxiety disorders can be treated with the aid of a professional health care team. Treatments of anxiety disorders include proper therapy, administration of medicines and counseling. The duration of treating people with anxiety depends if the person effectively responds to the treatment. Some anxiety treatments take months or even years to be successful. Treatment of anxiety disorder is not easy and takes time especially if the person has many anxiety disorders. Communication is important when treating a person with anxiety disorder. You need to know what causes the person to experience anxiety so that you can successfully treat the problem. There are many types of anxiety disorder that you should take note of and it is important that you should know the appropriate method to treat them properly.
The first thing that kids do when they first learn how to use a computer is play games. This also applies to adults who want to have fun playing games as well. There is not a single person in the world who has never used his computer to play a game. The most popular type of games are free online games. But what makes them so popular?
First of all, they are free and anyone can play them. They are also widely available to everyone who has an Internet connection. Players don’t have to download and install them, they can start playing with just a click of a mouse. People play games at school or at the office, when they need to kill time at home or are waiting for a bus or a train.
Most people play golf for fun. While there are some that compete and do it for the money and for the prizes, most still do it as an active and fun hobby. But did you know that golf fitness is a new and interesting fitness program that turns your hobby into something more, keeping the fun of course.
Some golfers are turning an afternoon on the links into a workout. Some even get this workout while “working!”
Do you play golf? Do you make preparations before playing the game or just pick the club and start swinging? Golf, like other games and sports need physical preparations before execution. We all know the feeling of just starting a physical exertion without any warming up exercises and later on feeling pain and discomfort in our body. What’s worse, we may be actually doing more damage to our body because we may get injuries from playing golf when our body is unprepared. Some people underestimate the sport in golf. People think that golf is not really a sport and so no preparation is needed to play it. Well, that is not the case. As it is, playing golf requires the same physical exertions as any sports and consequently, will need the same training, practice and care for the body, to be able to play golf well.
Golf fitness is a new fitness concept that golfers are pushing nowadays. It involves being physically ready to play the game. I mentioned it to be a game because golf was never really considered a sport by some athletic groups and the term golf fitness was not widely accepted. However, due to a number of injuries accumulated by people who fancy the game, injuries like wrist damages, sprains, back problems, and leg injuries, golf groups have deemed it necessary to have the golf fitness concept. Golf fitness involves warming up by aerobic exercises and light cardiovascular exercises. next would be some flexibility training that involves stretching, strength training for the upper body, lower body and trunk, some balance training, and exercises for stabilization training which includes muscle memory and power training. Taking all of these into consideration, it sounds like golf is a lot of work and it is no ordinary game. It should be considered a sport if it involves all this kind of preparation.
After you have prepared for the golf game, you will see how your results improve and you will not have any injuries. You will be able to enjoy the game much more and have a lot of fun.
What could be more fun than dressing up for Halloween or for a costume party. It is your chance to be someone else, someone cool and different. Here are some costumes that have been especially popular for many years.
Impress Your Friends With An Elvis Presley Costume
For Halloween parties or other costume themed events, you can’t go wrong with an Elvis Presley costume. Complete the look with shades and Elvis’s famous and noteworthy hairstyle, then you are on your way to become a spitting image of The King of Rock and Roll.
Elvis costumes are available online, and there are even variations for women, children, and toddlers. Get high quality sequined jumpsuits, studded belts, aviator style glasses, and those iconic sideburns and pompadour to complete the look. Surely, you will become the center of attention as you go to concerts or Elvis conventions in this attire. Comedic, but paying silent homage to the man who revolutionized rock and roll for an entire generation, you can wear your Elvis costume with absolute pride. There can be only one Elvis Presley. The King of Rock and Roll will never be replaced. But you can show your love for him by wearing your Elvis Presley costume with pride and adoration.
Turn Heads in a Cleopatra Costume
Cleopatra is admired for her charm, beauty and appeal which is the very reason why a Cleopatra costume is one of the most popular ones for costume parties and events. Cleopatra is undoubtedly the most famous Egyptian queen of all time. She is popularly known as the Queen of the Nile. She was known to be very fashionable. Because of this, the Cleopatra costume lives on even until this day, centuries after her reign.
The most notable among her clothes is the long white linen dress cinched with a sash. The neckline is gold embellished with sequin trims. The dress may have two side slits. The fabric of the dress can be made of satin too. Atop the luxurious black hair is the famous gold Egyptian style circlet headpiece. Another option will be a golden beaded headpiece which will cover most of the hair. Accessories usually come in the form of gold Roman or Egyptian style armbands and wristbands. Footwear may be a choice of flat or heeled sandals, whatever catches the wearer’s fancy. Cleopatra costumes are available online and it comes in adult and children sizes.
There are many things that pair nicely with tailgating: beer, grilling over an open flame, sharing good times with family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors. But if there is one thing that doesn’t mix well with tailgating, it’s disco. And for that, ATA will always remember one fateful day more than 30 years ago in Chicago. Not that we condone violence, mind you.
Parents always want the best for their children. You have probably spent hours on the internet, reading all the parenting blogs that are popular out there. Now, it is time to get up from the computer and go be a parent!
As much as possible, we give our kids every little thing that makes them happy. However, we all find it hard to think of new ways or new things to spark their interest. This is where outdoor toys enter.
In an era where gadgets are the “in” thing even for children, traditional toys like wooden climbing frames and trampolines are often forgotten. The fun and the benefits they bring are neglected and not acknowledged. But believe me, these outdoor toys have so much more to offer. Aside from the proven health benefits they give your children, they could also serve as a new way of bonding with them. What are you waiting for? Get your own set of outdoor toys for your children now. There are a lot of shops that offer a wide array of outdoor toys you can choose from. They are usually priced reasonably. Just choose something safe for your children and something you can afford.
The Joy of Water Guns
There is no doubt your kid will have a fun time if you buy him or her toy water guns. Your kid will definitely have fun spraying water at his playmates using this gun. This toy is not hard to use either since all you have to do is pull the trigger and tons of water will come out of the gun. Your kid will not stop laughing if he gets his hands on a water gun and he sprays it at his latest victim. There are some water guns that let you fire from a long distance while some only let you spray people who are right next to you. There are some water guns that make you feel like you are actually in the middle of a world war. You know how much kids like to play with water. Well, now they can do it safely in the back yard.
Each Child Needs a Sand Pit
One of the preferred outdoor toys in the market is the sand pit. It is a simple toy since you just have to fill it with sand and you can expect your kid to have fun while he shovels to see if there is a treasure underneath the sand. If your kid likes to watch pirate movies then this is the right thing to get for him. Of course, you must dress your kid up like a pirate so he will think he is digging up a treasure. You can put a small treasure chest somewhere in the sand pit so your kid will be happy when he finds it. Girls love to play in the sand box as well. They make little sand cupcakes, build sand castles and play home.
When you combine the sand pit and the water gun you get a powerful combination. Kids can have hours of fun with these two. All you have to do is to clean them up in the evening.