Things Alyse Kordenbrock Loves

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From the May 30, 2013 edition

Sand Volleyball

at Woodland’s Backyard and Flannagan’s Dublin

Bump, set, spike ... and drink. It isn't summer without a little play in the sand. I love sand volleyball so much that I play twice a week.

Whitewater rafting

on the New River in West Virginia

Two weeks ago, my friends and I ventured to West Virginia for a wild and wonderful ride on the New River. We took on the Class IV and V rapids like champs, and now we're hooked. We're going back for more fun in a few weeks.

The Maine

In preparation for the release of its new album, Forever Halloween, on June 4, I just can't stop (won't stop) listening to this alternative/pop rock band. The Maine has already released its new single "Happy" and a lyric video for "Love and Drugs." What's even more exciting is that they'll be at A&R Music Bar July 10 with A Rocket to the Moon (another favorite band), This Century and Brighten.

Luna Lovegood the poodle

Yes, I have a poodle. Yes, I named my poodle after a “Harry Potter” character. And yes, she is the greatest poodle in Columbus.

Woodchuck's Summer Reserve

Hard cider with a blueberry twist? It certainly tastes like summer to me! Woodchuck isn't usually my first choice of cider, but the summer seasonal is delicious.