Aside from the obvious signal from the calendar, January is the worst time to make a resolution, especially the ones that involve exercising and eating right. Here in frigid Wisconsin, hunkering down and eating comfort food is the most logical January survival strategy. Now don’t get me wrong, I love romping around in the snow, but this degree of chill calls for indoor-only activities. Aside from obvious movie-going, here are a few other ideas, tailored to your interests.
For the charity-conscious:
Pablove Benefit Concert – Saturday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. at Turner Hall (1034 N. 4th St.)
The annual concert benefits the Pablove Foundation to fight childhood cancer and will feature performances by Chris Porterfield (of Field Report), Subside, Vic and Gab, Benjamins and Alligator Gun. To purchase $12 or $20 VIP tickets, click here.
MilwaukeeMag featured Pablove founder and Milwaukee native Jeff Castelaz in the December issue. Read the heart wrenching rags-to-riches story here.
Souper Bowl Warm-Up – Sunday, Jan. 19, 3-6:30 p.m. at Art Trooper (333 W. Brown Deer Rd.)
Make a $20 donation at the door and receive a hand-painted pottery bowl to fill and refill with soup donated by local restaurants. All proceeds will go toward Milwaukee Empty Bowls’ hunger initiatives including community meal programs and food banks. For more information, head on over here.
For the foodies:
Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel – Friday-Sunday, November-March at Blu on the 23rd Floor
Indulge in the lavish tradition of afternoon tea with the best views of the city. Call ahead to make your reservation and chose from a menu of extensive teas (locally made Rishi teas) and delicious sweet and savory treats. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.
Milwaukee County Indoor Winter Farmers Market – Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 12 at the Mitchell Park Domes (524 S Layton Blvd.)
Get your dose of fresh, local produce even in the dead of winter. In addition to fruits and veggies, find Wisconsin made artisan cheese, meats, honey, baked goods and more.
More information can be found here.
Historic Bar Tour – Saturdays, 2 p.m. through May 24
Hosted by the popular Milwaukee Food Tours, the three-hour (heated) bus tour will take you into four of Milwaukee’s most renowned bars. Sip brews and cocktails as you hear tales from the people who run the historic taverns. Purchase tickets here.
For the athletes:
Rock Climbing at Turner Hall – Open climb is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 5-10 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 12-5 p.m.
The New Year is a great time to try a new activity. Indoor rock climbing is a great mind-body challenge and a great way to work up a sweat. Visit the website for pricing, class times and waivers.
$5 Public Skate Thursdays – January 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Pettit National Ice Center (500 S. 84th St.)
Channel your inner Bonnie Blair and enjoy a slice of ice sans the whipping wind. The indoor facility caters to skaters of all levels and you won’t find a better deal than $5 Thursday nights. The Pettit also has a track for running or walking if you can’t find your footing on ice. See the Pettit’s website for more events and information.
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