Angela Arp knows good beer. The 39-year-old Omaha native is event coordinator for the Great Nebraska Beerfest and marketing chairwoman for 2013 Omaha Beer Week, which started Friday and runs through Feb. 24. She coordinates events and tackles other duties at the Nebraska Brewing Co., and co-founded Barley's Angels of Nebraska, a craft beer group for women. She no doubt has favorite beers. But she went a different direction when we asked her for her five favorites in life.
1. My grandmother's wedding rings: “When my grandmother was moved into the Alzheimer's wing of a nursing home, my mother and grandfather gave me my grandmother's original wedding ring (from 1937), as well as the ring from their 50th anniversary vow renewal in 1987. I wear one or the other of these rings every day. While they might not hold much monetary value, every time I look at my hand I feel the love that the entire family had for my grandmother.”
2. Photo of my grandmother and me when I was young: “For many years, while my mother went to her bowling league in Ralston once a week, I got to go hang out with my grandmother and all her lady friends for coffee. I learned to listen, laugh and love with the best of them. This photo was taken on one of those days at my grandparents' kitchen and reminds me to take that zest for life with me throughout my daily life.”
3. Backpacking and rock climbing gear: “This gear represents my love of adventure, the great outdoors, being physically active, the ability to get somewhere and see things that not many people get to see, as well as the friendships that my outdoor activities have fostered over the years. When you're in the outdoors on the 'sharp end' you have to be sure about the people who surround you.”
4. My 1980 Guild acoustic bass guitar: “When I met my husband, he was in a two-man band named the MudPuddLeS, with a best friend from high school, and they needed a bassist. I had played a little in grade school, but with just a few weeks of lessons on this unique instrument, I was back at it. Within two months I was on stage with them for the first time. The bass is an old beautiful instrument that reminds me that when things are well cared for they can definitely get sweeter with age.”
5. My husband, Tyson Arp: “We've known each other since 1993 and got married in 1995. Throughout the years our lives have changed many times over, from being in an original alterative band, climbing mountains and rocks all over the country, to our new adventure in craft beer and obsession with disc golf. He's been my best friend, my biggest advocate and is always looking for a new challenge to share with me.”
— Staff writer Michael O'Connor