Happy Days are Brewing in Milwaukee in 2015!
Wisconsin is cordially inviting you to the 2015 NASCOE convention in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 12, 2015 through August 15, 2015.
You will be staying in Milwaukee’s newest luxury hotel for less than a third of the price non-convention goers have to pay! The views are amazing and the rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. The Potawatomi Hotel, Casino and Convention Center offers gaming, nightlife, multiple restaurants, and ample meeting rooms to conduct our NASCOE business, all under one roof!
An added benefit to the convention attendees is the hotel offers free parking, free shuttle service to and from the Milwaukee airport (General Mitchell – which offers fantastic prices for flights in and out of Milwaukee), and will also provide the free shuttle service to our guests that want to venture to the historic 3rd ward and other popular destinations for shopping, dining, nightlife, museums, and so much more! Please visit the NASCOE website (www.nascoe.org) under the “national conventions” link to check out the links we have provided for the hotel and Visit Milwaukee. You may also book your room(s) now using the registration code listed on the WASCOE website.
We have fantastic tours planned for all of you on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
The Farm Tour takes you Koepke Dairy Farms Inc, Growing Power and Serenity Farm of Wisconsin.
The Koepke’s are five generations strong producing high quality milk, contented cows, and award winning land stewardship in the heart of Wisconsin. They also market their own cheese under the LaBelle label. Growing Power is Urban Agriculture’s “Poster child” for the rest of the Country! From aquaculture, to multi-level vegetable crops being harvested all year, to the digester that creates energy, to the design of the roofs on the greenhouses to use all of the rain water collected, to the worms that feed the fish and fertilize the vegetables – nothing goes to waste! Lunch will be at Serenity Farm of Wisconsin. Laura and Paul Phelps own a CSA that they provide a variety of vegetable crops to their customers. Paul is also an artist that specializes in stain glass – you will be amazed at his creations as you enjoy you lunch and get to tour the farm.
The Wisconsin Industry tour boasts two nationalmanufacturers that are known worldwide and home-based in Wisconsin – Case IH/New Holland in Racine WI, and Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee. Lunch will be served after the tour at CaseIH tour in the morning.
The CaseIH/New Holland tour starts you at the beginning of the assembly line and works through all of the steps and then you get to see the finished tractor pulling off the line. Lunch will be served in the Case IH education center before you head back to Milwaukee to tour the Harley-Davidson museum.
The guided tour at the fantastic Harley-Davison museum starts in a footprint of the small garage the friends built their first motorcycle. You are then taken through history with your guide leading the way. After the guided tour, you are free to take a test drive on a real Harley-Davidson motorcycle which is on what looks like a treadmill – it was a real rush running through the gears!
Finally, Wisconsin is best know for one thing – you guessed it! BEER!!!
The third tour package is our Wisconsin Brewery Tour!
We’ll start you off at the historic Pabst mansion (sorry! No free samples of beer on this tour). Here you will learn all about the Pabst family and how they brought the title, Beer City, USA to Milwaukee.
Then you will head to Miller/Coors and see one of the largest breweries in the world – and yes, you will also get to sample along the way!
Lunch will be provided at Lakefront Brewery. Lakefront is a craft brewery that has many award winning brews you can sample. They still use the line to bottle the beer that was made famous with the glove on the bottle during the intro to the Laverne and Shirley show.
Finally we will change gears a bit and take you to the only distillery in Wisconsin – the Great Lakes Distillery. There you will learn the art of a world class distillery, and get to sample some of the finest spirits ever made!
Evening activities include our welcome to all of you on Wednesday evening with the taste of Milwaukee dinner followed by a sock hop – dress up in your favorite 50’s outfits!
Thursday evening will be the NASCOE scholarship auction followed by non-stop fun provided by Lucille’s Dueling Pianos!
Friday evening will be the awards banquet followed by an entertaining performance provided by the Red Hot Horn Dawgs!
The youth committee has each day packed with events for your children/grandchildren that will leave them good and tuckered out each evening! There are some fantastic events planned for the kids, including a trip to an indoor waterpark and an indoor campout/movie night! Other events include video games in real life, Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World, the Milwaukee Zoo, to name a few.
The complete registration form will be posted to the NASCOE and WASCOE web sites in early January.
The tours will book up quickly, so please complete your registration form early to ensure your spot on the tour of your choice!
If you have any questions or issues completing the registration form or booking your room, please contact Tom Oasen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Esselman at email@example.com
Happy New Year and we are looking forward to having you as our guests in Milwaukee in August of 2015!
Tom Oasen and Kim iczkowski, 2015 NASCOE State Convention Co-Chairpersons