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What Northwoodians’ Love Most About Summer

June 11, 20197 min read

Like most Milwaukeeans, summer in Brew City is one of the things our Northwoods team most looks forward to during the year. Thoughts of warmer temperatures, being outdoors without a jacket, festivals, and no snow in the forecast are about the only things – aside from working with our clients, of course - that keep us going during the colder months!

Here’s what some of our Northwoodians’ love most about the season, what our summer plans are, and what we’re looking forward to most about Summer 2019.

Amanda Aalpoel – Full Stack Developer

Amanda and Elijah

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?
I love going to all of the street festivals and festivals on the Summerfest grounds. There are so many that it’s impossible to go to them all in the same year.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

I’m a fan of a good sour ale or gose beer.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

I am going to adopt a dog this summer! I'll also do a few weekend trips to Door County, WI and Arcadia, MI.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

At the beach playing volleyball, or at a beer garden.

Amanda Koehler – Senior Digital Marketing Strategist

Amanda and her family

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Spending every minute outside. Gardening with the kids, roasting marshmallows by the fire, walking around the Milwaukee Zoo, and just sitting on the deck.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Sangria

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

The day after school gets out, we are taking the kids and heading to California. Starting in San Francisco, we will make our way down the coast and end up in L.A. We are hitting great places along the way, including the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Monterrey Aquarium, watching the Elephant Seals on the beach in San Simeon, soaking in the sun at beaches along the coast, and the Hollywood sign in Griffith park. We always try to do a U.S. vacation in early summer so the kids can see different parts of the U.S. and celebrate getting through another year of school.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

In the vegetable garden, laying on the deck, or chasing the kids around the yard.

Amy Kant – Titan CMS Training and Support Manager/Account Director

Amy reading a book

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

A hard apple cider or a margarita on the rocks (with salt, of course).

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

A family trip to San Francisco and exploring the Bay Area.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

Enjoying my backyard -- relaxing in the hammock, playing with the dogs, enjoying a drink on the patio.

Brett Smoot – Digital Account Coordinator

Disc golf

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Playing the wide range of disc golf courses and riding the bike trails.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

A sour beer.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Where ever the wind may take me that has a good disc golf course.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

Disc golfing.

And …:

Cheers to no more snow!

Dana Grennier – Account Director 

Dana and family

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Being near the lake. Ideally, the air is warm and the water is cool.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Cucumber, Cranberry and Lemon ice water. It is super refreshing and cools you down quickly on those hot days.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Being outside and spending time with my family. We have a lot of commuting time during the school year so being able to walk to work is something I am really looking forward to.

My family is also looking forward to going to Chicago. We love how close it is to home but still has other offerings to make it feel like a break from the regular routine.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

In my backyard or just walking around the neighborhood.

Greg Eggold – Senior Software Developer

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

I look forward to attending Brewers baseball games and riding my bike.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

We're planning on taking my 5-year-old grandson to Mackinac Island this summer. We've shown him some pictures of the place on our iPad and he says he's "cited" to go and visit. He'll probably like the Jet Boat ride out to the island and back best!

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

You most likely are going to find me following my grandson around on his adventures or perhaps grilling or reading a novel in the back yard.

And …:

Go Brewers! I’ll see you at the World Series!

Jaimie Somlai – Marketing Director

Jaimie and her kids

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

All of the festivals, food trucks, and just being able to enjoy a meal and a drink outside.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

I'll be spending a week in Ireland with my daughters and my brother and sister-in-law. I've never been before, and I'm really excited because Ireland has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I'm mostly of British & Irish heritage, so I'm excited to visit some of the towns where my ancestors lived. And to get to explore the country with some of my family is amazing!

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

Hanging out with family and friends, either at home or out and about. And if it's really hot, you'll almost always find me inside in the air conditioning!

Jenna Dehn – Wordpress account Director

Jenna's family 

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Being able to eat excessive amounts of ice cream.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Rootbeer floats.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

I love taking Rook (my son) to the Park, Zoo or on his grandmother's boat down the river - pretty much anything that tires him out. We also take a family trip down to the lake every summer. I mean cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, second cousins... anyone slightly related to us goes!

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

Out in the garden or at the park.

And …:

We also have 15 birdfeeders and enjoy watching the birds... though not as much as the cats do. ;)

Jim Brophy – Group Director, Digital

Jim and his wife at Miller Park

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Festival season, golf, Brewers baseball.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Anything on a patio with zero schedule constraints.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Impromptu road trips with family.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

The golf course, smoking some BBQ, Miller Park.

And …:

I’m hoping summer lasts more than 2 weeks.

Katelyn Staaben – Digital Marketing Strategist 

Katelyn and Sam at Disney Land

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

I love going on walks down by the lakefront in Milwaukee when the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy it.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Vodka Collins or a Vodka Lemonade.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Moving into a great new apartment on the east side! Also enjoying the nice weather and going on a mini weekend trip to Chicago to check out a few museums and the Hamilton Exhibition!

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

Walking on the trails near the lakefront or along the river.

Patrick Bieser – President and Founder 

Patrick running

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Running by the lake, volleyball at Bradford Beach, Irishfest

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Anything on tap at Hubbard Park Beer Garden.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Camping at Governor Dodge State Park in June.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

Walking to Atwater Beach with my girls.

Rachel Carter – Senior Digital Marketing Strategist 

Rachel and Austin at the beac

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

The lake! I love going to the beach with my family. Plus, it’s a great natural air conditioner on those sticky summer days.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Cucumber Collins.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Since I just had baby #2 in early May, I am so looking forward to watching my sons enjoy the warmer weather together for the first time.

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

As a mom, I rotate between the park and the beach regularly. Luckily, both are within walking distance of my house, so it makes it easy :)

And …:

After such a long winter, I’m really looking forward to summer.

Sydney Shimko – Senior Front End Developer 

Sydney biking

What do you love most about summer in Milwaukee?

Everyone is outside.

What’s your favorite summertime beverage?

Margarita with fresh lime.

What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?

Mountain biking with the Shorewood Greyhounds NICA team. Did you know that mountain biking is a school sport?

Where are you most likely to be found during the summer when you’re not working?

On a mountain bike trail.

And …:

Summer is such a great time in Milwaukee because everyone pulls out all the stops and finds a way to enjoy every minute of it.

Cheers to a wonderful summer from all of us at Northwoods. Let’s hope it’s a long one!

 

 

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