Start A Tradition

In the almost eight years I’ve been married to my lovely wife, perhaps the greatest thing I’ve learned from my in-laws (or outlaws as they affectionately put it) is to respect tradition. Whether it be singing Christmas carols around the holidays, enjoying smoked goodies at the annual Forest Park Ribfest, or listening to Irish bands (like the Dooley Brothers) play live at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn around St. Patrick’s Day, we try our best to keep these events alive, each year.

When my sister got married, my Pops, brother and I were fortunate enough to be let in the inner circle of my brother in-law’s family tradition, Manmorial Weekend. Each year, close to 20 guys make the road trip up to the beautifully serene Northwoods of Wisconsin. Even if you’re not an aspiring angler in training such as myself, you will enjoy the tranquil, gorgeous morning waters of the endless lakes of Hayward, WI. If fishing isn’t your fancy, there is an abundance of well kept, inexpensive golf courses. Or you can recharge the batteries on the pier with a plethora of options from Leinenkugel’s or New Glarus (I prefer Canoe Paddler & Scream DIPA respectively). Any way you slice it, this vacation is about three of the most essential things in a man’s life, which are family, friends and Mother Nature.

So take a step back. Truly think about what is important in your life. Then grasp ahold of that event and create your own annual moment.

Here’s to tradition!

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1 Comment on Start A Tradition

  1. Rick Monteith // May 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm // Reply

    Great timing. I’m headed to Ontario Sunday night for our annual walleye trip – I think it’s our 11th. Four guys who have been friends for anywhere from 15 to 30 years spending 11 hours a day (including shore lunch) on the lake. Most of the day nothing needs to be said, unless there’s a call for a net or a well-placed expletive over losing a fish. Others have come and gone, but none have stuck, and that’s okay. Two of us have sons who will join the trip in the next year or so – it will be a joy to add them and share our favorite week of the summer..

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