A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you avoid disaster during future scavenger hunts and upcoming bouts of amnesia. Today’s Groupon gets you two hours of steps closer: for $10, you get one ticket to the 2011 Historic Concordia Tour of Homes from Historic Concordia Neighbors Inc. (a $20 value). The tour starts at the former Concordia College and takes place on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entering its 21st year, the Historic Concordia Tour delights both local lore buffs and architecture admirers with a self-guided 12-home tour of one of Milwaukee’s most beloved neighborhoods. Dating back the 1850s, the Concordia neighborhood thrives with Victorian-era mansions that retain the drawing rooms, sitting rooms, and video-game saloons that were popular in the 19th century. Upon arrival at the Concordia College Gymnasium, visitors can wordlessly bid on locally fashioned arts and goods in a silent auction.
All tour attendees are entered in a door-prize drawing and two free-beer-tasting tents are strategically located along the tour to wet sandpapery tongues. Crossroads—a series of local-storefront art installations—gives history-walkers something aesthetic to gaze at other than the intricately styled homes and the overhead skywriters proposing marriages and reminding the mayor of his upcoming dentist appointment.