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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wisconsin State Dancesport Championships 2014

In April, Sophia & I returned to Pfister Hotel for the 2014 Wisconsin State Dancepsport Championships. We had the pleasure of returning this year with Marcy Garson.

The event is held annually in one of the most elegant hotels in the dance circuit,
rivaled only by the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC. Part of the fun at WSDC is the opportunity to explore the hotel's many secrets.

This year we discovered the bust of Guido Pfister, who quietly watches over guests in the hotel lobby bar. 

When attending WSDC, it's possible to reserve rooms in the historic part of the hotel, with easy access to hotel ballroom.

The historic part of the hotel has many of it's original features. This year I found a original room service sign on my hotel room door.
Original room keys on the mezzanine level.
Sophia & I enjoyed two wonderful days of dancing. During the WSDC closing ceremony, she received her first ever Top Gun Award!

On Saturday we enjoyed brunch downtown with our fellow dance friend, Anna Boyd. 

Between dance sessions I had several opportunities to explore historic Milwaukee, including a visit to the old Grand Theater, formerly the Warner Theater. The building is haunted with magic of a bygone era.
The Waner in the past vs. today.

Although it looks very different today, a closer look reveals timeless similarities.
Inside the abandoned lobby

After exploring the Old Warner Theater, Sophia and I also had the opportunity to visit and Oddities Shop called Hoarders World.

The store is located just a few blocks from the Phister Hotel, and has become famous Milwaukee tourist site, often featured on blogs and television for its array of unusual objects and collectables. Everything is the store is up for sale, including:

Golden Santas
Artificial limbs
The store can easily be mistaken for a creepy haunted house. They also offer paintball rounds in the buding's basement.

We had a lot of fun exploring Mwaukee this year, it was a happy event. Before heading home, Sophia and Marcy took time for posing in their Cheese Hats, which has become and annual tradition at WSDC.

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