If eating, drinking and hanging out in a heated canvas tent in Hubbard Park sounds fun to you – we know it does to us – then you're in luck. Two "tall timber tents" have been temporarily erected in the Shorewood park and will be available for people to rent starting the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 18 and most likely through March.
The canvas tents, which are similar in concept to the Lux Domes on the roof of Cafe Benelux, seat eight people comfortably, but according to organizer Russ Davis, can accommodate up to 12 people.
The interior of the tents include a propane fire pit, knotty pine benches, carpeting, pillows and other soft flourishes to create a space that's both rustic and comfortable.
"It's pretty warm in the tents, but you'll still want to dress for winter," says Davis.
Guests rent the tents for two-hour increments and choose from about a dozen different food and drink packages from the onsite Hubbard Park Lodge. Rentals, including a drink package, start at $120.
During the day, the tents are family-friendly, but for adults only after 4 p.m.
"The tents are ideal for social and family gatherings. Basically for anyone who wants lean into winter instead of running away from it," says Davis.
To rent a timber tent, click here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.