Upcoming events

    • March 24, 2017
    • January 26, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Lake Edge Shopping Center, 4102 Monona Drive, Madison,WI
    • 50

    New! PLATO Breakfast Get-Together -

    We're excited to announce the "Breakfast Get-together", an extension of the summer Kaffeklatsches held at Memorial Union's terrace. The first Breakfast Get-together will be on  February 24th  and continue to be on the 4th Friday of each month thru May. 

    The breakfasts will be at 9:30 at Elie's Family Restaurant, Lake Edge Shopping Center, 4102 Monona Drive. Free Parking in a large surface lot.  When you arrive, ask for the Plato room. 

    Elie's has a large menu, moderately priced, from hearty fare to smaller options. 

    We are glad to have an indoor option for folks to dine together.  Please RSVP no later than the Wednesday before the breakfast- sscratti@gmail.com., 608 280-8050


    Hope you're able to come!

    Organizer: Sharon Scrattish



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    KaffeeKlatsch: June-August, Every 4th Friday, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM on the new Memorial Union Terrace

    As well as announcing the new PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers to be held on the 4th Friday of the month from  February 24 through May, we also want you to know about the slightly modified summer Kaffeeklatsches. We will now meet on the 4th Fridays of each month and earlier in the day - 9;30 am to 11 am on the terrace of the newly remodeled Memorial Union.  This summer's dates are
    June 23, July 28 and August 25.

    These PLATO monthly morning gatherings are informal social get-togethers in which to meet your fellow PLATO members, share common interests and make new friends. If you are new to PLATO or new to the Madison area, this will be a great chance learn more about your organization, as well as, your new home environment.


     


    • May 05, 2017
    • October 27, 2017
    • Various Locations and Times


    Walk The Trails and Parks of Dane County

    Join PLATO friends in a series of biweekly walks beginning in April and continuing through October.  We hope newcomers and experienced park visitors will find something new about  some Dane County and Madison favorites.  We’ll walk some of Madison’s Conservancy parks as well as Indian Lake County Park, Cam Rock County Park, Lake Farm County Park and perhaps one of your favorites—if you tell us what it is.  The nominal fee we’ll charge for the walks will be donated to the Friends groups of the various parks we visit.  Stay tuned to the weekly PLATO email updates and the website:  platomadison.org 

    REGISTRATION IS NOT YET OPEN for these events but that will change this month.  To learn more about a specific walk, choose the appropriate link below.  More walks will be added throughout the season.

    Tentative Schedule

    (REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON)

    Questions or suggestions - please contact Mike Di Iorio at 608 257-9164 or mdiiorio@tds.net.
    • May 05, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Various Locations and Times
    • 0

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    Wilkie Gorge of Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve

    Description of the Reserve:

    The area represents a world-renowned example of the interface of glaciated and unglaciated terrain.  The relationship between Johnstown Moraine and glaciated landscapes on one side of the Moraine and unglaciated bedrock landscapes on the other side is strikingly exhibited.  Oak savanna, oak forests, wetlands and prairies cover the area.           

    Walk length and difficulty:

    • We will hike several areas of the reserve including wooded ridge top and open prairie in restoration. 
    • We will aim at about 2.5 miles but the exact routes will be determined by participants as we go. 
    • The unmarked trails are of easy/moderate to moderate difficulty but totally unsuited for the use of walkers.  A walking stick might be helpful in some areas.   
    • For the hearty who are shod in hiking boots there is the option of a steep climb down and up the gorge.

    Points of interest:

    The spring ephemerals might still be blooming by May 5 but the main attraction is to discover a “world-renowned example of the interface of glaciated and unglaciated terrain.”

    What to bring:

    Remember to dress according to the weather & walking limitations.   Bring water.  We will introduce the site and walk, a few trails under most mild weather conditions.  A walking stick might be useful.

    Directions

    • ·      Go west on University Avenue towards Middleton. 
    • ·      Continue on Hwy. 14 approximately 4.5 miles past the underpass with the Beltline Highway to a left turn on Cleveland Road.   
    • ·      Stay on it .9 mile to where it deadends. 
    • ·      Turn right onto Old Sauk Pass Rd. and continue .7 mile.
    • ·      Park along the road near a metal gate across from the first farmhouse on the left side of the road. 
    • ·     Please don’t block the driveway of the old stone farmhouse on the left. 
    • Note: There are no public restrooms or drinking water facilities so be prepared.

    • May 10, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Milwaukee
    • 16


    Join us  Wednesday, May 10 for Jane Eyre - the eighth and last play in our eight-play 2016/2017 Milwaukee Rep theater trip series.

    A Costume Drama Not To Be Missed

    From the award-winning Shared Experience Theatre Company in the U.K. comes this engaging adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s epic story of a spirited young woman in a man’s world searching for a sense of self.  Orphaned Jane overcomes a rough start in life to become an accomplished governess at the mysterious home of Mr. Rochester. 

    Passions grow between them when a secret is revealed, threatening Jane’s hopes for the future. Told by eight actors playing more than 20 roles, The New York Times raved that “this Jane Eyre provides a bite…think of it as Brontë unbuttoned.”

    A CO-PRODUCTION WITH CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK

    Jane Eyre shook the literary world when it was published, and remains so enduring and timeless that it has been adapted and reworked dozens of times. Our production’s adaptation contains a modern twist while remaining true to the original messaging. It’s the original coming-of-age story, as relevant as when it was published.

    by Charlotte Brontë
    ADAPTED by Polly Teale

    ORIGINALLY PRODUCED by Shared Experience Theatre Company
    DIRECTED by KJ Sanchez

    Learn more about Jane Eyre - explore its Milwaukee Rep's webpage.

    The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Jane Eyre opens April 25. The running time is approximately 2 hours (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM).


    Jane Eyre will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you step down to your seat.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.                                                                        

    Rep In-Depth  an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 45 minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk. 

    This popular series is sure to enhance your theater-going experience with background information about the play you are about to see. Come and join us and all of the other audience members who enjoy this free educational event! (Use the Mezzanine Level entrance.)


    Free Time from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    to 

    Explore Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward or Westown on both sides of the river near the Rep


    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries.

    For other nearby Third Ward cafes and restaurants (including map), click here.

    Third Ward Restaurant List

    Third Ward Shopping List



    For Westown neighborhood eateries and restaurants along both sides of the river from the Rep (including map), click here.


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

     

    Leave Madison

    8:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:50 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:10 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:15 PM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby Westown restaurants

    12:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep In-Depth pretalk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    12:45 PM  Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM      Jane Eyre performance begins

    3:30 PM      Jane Eyre performance ends

    3:30 PM - 3:50 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    3:50 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:15 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    5:35 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    5:50 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Jane Eyre Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    UWRA Members Form

    For further information, contact field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • May 17, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Various Locations and Times
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    Preceding PLATO’s Annual Meeting gather at 1 pm for an easy lakeside trail walk where ancient Native Americans camped, fished, hunted and grew rice continuously for 10,000 years.  Lake Farm Park also hosts the Lussier Family Heritage Center so you will be in the right place at the right time to refresh yourselves and join friends at the 3-6pm Annual Meeting.  

    What you can expect:

    • Meet at Shelter #1 at 4330 Libby Road. 
    •  A two mile loop walk along the shore of Lake Wabesa will be led by Capital Springs naturalist, Clare Carlson, who will point out natural features, tell us a bit about history and point out the sites of 1970s archaeological digs which uncovered evidence of paleo-Indian campsites. 
    • A shorter one mile walk along the shoreline for those who prefer will be led by Bill Lunney who has decades of background in the founding of Lake Farm Park and the whole Capital Springs Recreation Area. Bill may mix creation stories of this large, complex park with information about the paleo-Indian life in this beautiful setting.
    Note:
    The walks will end in time for you to join the 2017 Annual Meeting in the Luzzier Center, located on parkland about 1/2 mile away from the Shelter 1 Parking lot.  Driving and parking instruction will be provided at the end of the walk.

    Accessibility:
    • The short loop will be a slow paced 1 mile walk and talk as we walk along grass and wood chip paths. Weather depending, this walk may be well suited for wheelchair and walker use.
    • The longer walk will be a medium paced 1/12 to 2 mile walk as we learn about the peoples of the past.  This walk will be suited for wheelchair and walker use until we get to the foot of the hill at the fartherest  part of the walk.  It will be fairly easy to walk around the hill while you wait for the rest of the walkers to return to the path.
    Microphone:
    Clare will have a microphone along on the longer walk to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.


    Directions to Shelter 1:
    Follow this link to get directions from your starting point to shelter 1 at 4330 Libby Road, Madison, 43711.

    Directions following the walk to the Luzzier Center and the Annual Meeting:
    The annual meeting will be held on the park land located in the Luzzier Center.  You will be able to see the Center from the parking lot and directions and parking information will be provided before the walk ends.
    • May 17, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison)
    • 98

    Please join us for the

    2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
    &
    Keynote Speaker:  Professor Patty Loew

    Wednesday, May 17th – 3:00 - 6:00 pm

    Lussier Family Heritage Center
    3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison

    Keynote Speaker

    Our featured speaker is Patty Loew, PhD, professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison and affiliated faculty with the American Indian Studies Program. Professor Loew is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She is author of the bestseller, Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal. Many of us know her from her twenty years hosting statewide news and public affairs, and her award-winning documentaries for Wisconsin Public Television. Her Keynote topic will be: “Indian Nations of Wisconsin.” 

    The Schedule for May 17th:

    3:00 pm           Check-in/pick-up nametags 

    (Lussier Main Level)

    3 – 4 pm          Social Hour

                      (Lussier Patio Level)

    Featuring hot and cold appetizers; wine and other beverages 

    4:00 pm           Annual Meeting & Keynote Speaker

    (Lussier Main Level)

    Ÿ Annual election results & introduction of 2017-18 PLATO Board

    Ÿ PLATO Service Awards

    Ÿ Scholarship recipients 

    Ÿ Report on PLATO Strategic Planning

    Ÿ Keynote: “Indian Nations of Wisconsin” by Professor Patty Loew, UW-Madison

    5:30-6:00 pm  Social Hour wrap-up 

    (Lussier Patio Level)

    Ÿ Pre-registration required  
       
    Member Fee: $10    
    Guests:  $15

    Ÿ Registration deadline is May 5th

    To Register/Pay by Mail, print this FORM & send with your check.




    • May 24, 2017
    • 7:15 AM - 5:45 PM
    • Horicon
    • 0

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    Nature lovers and birdwatchers our Horicon Marsh special event is the trip for you!  Join us to see this beautiful marsh by boat and foot. It is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US.

    We’ll begin the day on the water with Horicon Marsh Boat Tours at Blue Heron Landing.

    Casual birdwatchers and experienced birders will enjoy seeking out the over 305 species of birds that Horicon Marsh has to offer.  


    This is prime viewing season. A bird list will be provided so you can record what you see. Bring your binoculars; there will be some on the boats also. Our guides will share the history of the Marsh as well as point out birds. 

    After our morning pontoon boat tour, we’ll head to The Audubon Inn in nearby Mayville for lunch at the NOLA Grille.

    Built in 1896, the Audubon Inn is a boutique hotel on the National Register of Historic Places.  New Orleans inspired cuisine is its specialty.


    Lunch is included. 


    When you register, choose from among these three entrees:

    • Shrimp Po-Boy sandwich (fried gulf shrimp, creamy slaw, tomato)
    • Grass-fed Burger (with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and secret sauce)

    • Gumbo and Salad

    Note: Lunch will include beverage and dessert treat.

    After lunch, it is on to the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for more bird watching as we walk along the boardwalk with a naturalist. 


    Did you know that the Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations?  


    Things to know as you consider joining the trip.

    Boat will go rain or shine (but not in a thunderstorm!).

    Boat has minimal cover so plan to have a hat and/or water proof jacket depending on the forecast.

    If you don’t want to walk on the boardwalk in the afternoon, you can stay in the Visitor Center where there are exhibits.


    We will split into two groups for the walk; one for faster walkers and one for those who prefer (or need) a slower pace.


    Our Timetable for the day:

    Oakwood Village
    7:15 AM Pick Up
    7:30 AM Departure

    Capitol Lakes
    7:45 AM Pick Up
    7:50 PM Departure

    East Towne Sears
    8:10 AM Pick Up
    8:15 AM Departure

    9:00 AM Horicon Marsh Tour at Blue Heron Landing

    12:15 PM Depart for Audubon Inn

    12:30 PM Lunch at NOLA Grille

    1:45 PM Depart for Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor's Center

    2:00 PM Arrive at Visitor's Center

    4:00 PM Depart for Madison

    4:45 PM East Towne Sears

    5:15 PM Capitol Lakes

    5:45 PM Oakwood Village


    Accessibility Policy.On the Lazers Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. 

    Check with the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.          

    Horicon Marsh Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For further information, contact Horicon Marsh trip organizer, Janet Cabot, jbcabot52@gmail.com and 608-280-1067.

                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • June 14, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 31

     

    Join us on Wednesday, June 14th to visit two amazing sites in Milwaukee – the Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 homes and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.   In addition, we will have lunch at the Red Lion Pub which specializes in British pub fare.
       

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    Frank Lloyd Wright took special interest in creating architect-designed homes for moderate and low-income families.  Among Wright's greatest masterpieces are several small homes designed for clients who could afford little. Many of these residences owe their existence to some form of client labor (do-it-yourself), ingenious cost-cutting or salvaging.

      Between 1915 and 1917 Wright designed a series of standardized "system-built" homes, known today as the American System-Built Homes.  Six examples were constructed, still standing, on West Burnham Street and Layton Boulevard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

      Along with touring the fully restored B1 house museum we will be taken inside of the Model Two Flat C duplex which has been restored on the exterior and is awaiting interior restoration. This makes for a very interesting before and after case study.

      To learn more about the history of the houses go to the Wright in Milwaukee web site.

    ****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOMES ARE NOT HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE AND IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO CLIMB STEPS THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU. DO NOT REGISTER.

     

     

    Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was designed and built in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa by architect David Adler in 1923. The building was originally the residence of former A.O. Smith president, Lloyd Smith, and his family. The museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, the Renaissance Garden, and changing exhibitions.
    The Renaissance Garden at Villa Terrace recreates the classic elements of a 16th century Tuscan landscape while accommodating the vagaries of the Wisconsin climate.   Rose Standish Nichols designed the original villa gardens in collaboration with the home’s architect David Adler.  In 1997, the Friends of Villa Terrace led by landscape architect Dennis Buettner created a restoration plan to revive the garden, focusing on the classical elements of the original landscape. 
    For more information go to the Villa Terrace web site.

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    Lunch (included in price of trip)

    We will have lunch in between at the Red Lion Pub.  There will be five entrée options for lunch: 
    1) Cup of Tomato Soup and a House Brit Salad (vegetarian);  
    2) Rueben with Chips (fries);  
    3) Fish N’ Chips;  
    4) Lion’s Curry (vegetarian); or 
    5) Shepherd’s Pie.  
    Non alcoholic beverages are included.  If you desire you can order an alcoholic drink and be billed separately.

    ***PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE DINING IN A PRIVATE ROOM UPSTAIRS AND THERE IS NO ELEVATOR ***

       

         Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM        Bus arrives at Oakwood Village West University Woods to begin boarding

    7:50 AM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM        NEW BOARDING POINT! Arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:30 AM         Departs for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)                               

    In Milwaukee

    10:00 AM   Arrive at Wright homes for tour.

    11:40 AM  Board bus for Red Lion Pub for lunch.

    1:30 PM   Depart for Villa Terrace Museum.

    1:45 PM Tour Villa Terrace Museum.

    3:45 PM  Depart for Madison 

    Arrive Madison  (Estimated)

    5:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    5:35 PM      Capitol Lakes

    5:55 PM      Oakwood Village West  University Woods

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

     

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

      

    For further information, contact FLW/Villa Terrace field trip organizer, Irene Zimmerman , irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com or at 608-658-4685.
    • June 18, 2017
    • Glencoe, IL
    • 16

     

    The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.

    You will have four hours to explore the gardens.  There will be no formal docent-led tour for Plato members.  You will be exploring the gardens on your own.  However the tram tours (see below), given every half hour, are an excellent way to get an overview of the gardens.


    Cost includes Van Galder Bus Travel w/Wi-Fi access.  The Chicago Botanic Garden does not charge for admission but does charge bus parking and that charge is included in your registration fee.

    Lunch is not included Food is available at the Garden View Café. See menuAnother option is the Rose Terrace Beer Garden where craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries will be featured, along with wines and tasty appetizers, sandwiches, and salads.

    Tram tours and admission to the Model Railroad Garden or Butterflies & Blooms are not included in your registration fee (See below for the cost if you want to partake in those activities)

    We will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  Bring a hat and comfortable shoes.  A day bag with water and snacks, as well as your camera, is advised.  If rain is possible, bring an umbrella.

    If you get tired or just want to take a break, there are many benches to sit and read.  The Lenhardt Library (open 12-4) is also a wonderful place to sit and rest.

    Tram Tours

    There are two tram tours which take about 35 minutes each.  The cost of a tram ride is $6 or $5 for seniors and is not included in your registration fee.


    Grand Tram Tour
    Get carried away on this 2.3-mile narrated tour! Learn the history and science of the Garden while viewing highlights including the McDonald Woods, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, the new Learning Campus, and others. Enjoy views alongside the Garden’s 81 acres of water!  Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour sites including the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, Dixon Prairie, and the Regenstein Center.

    Bright Encounters Tram Tour
    Enjoy an intimate .8-mile tour of selected gardens from the comfort of a tram. Relax as you explore the Heritage Garden, Krasberg Rose Garden, Waterfall Garden, Buehler Enabling Garden, and many other gardens and special features. See changing displays of annual flowers in 
    spectacular combinations. Learn remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects. Uncover the mysteries of this living museum!

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    There are two other special exhibits (the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms) that each require an entrance fee - $6 adults or $5 seniors (not included in your registration fee):

    Model Railroad Garden 


    The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings. 

    All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns, and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations.

    Butterflies & Blooms 


    Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois.  

    The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the Regenstein Learning Campus.  Up to 500 butterflies can be seen at any one visit. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

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    Garden Chef Series

    Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients  at the Garden Chef Series. Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. 

    For Sunday, June 18 the chefs will be Terry & Dirk Fucik from Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop in Chicago.   Seating is first-come, first-served for these free demonstrations. Visitors will need to use sun protection and wear caps in this sunny location. No umbrellas, please.  Held at 1:30 and 2:30 on June 18.

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    Accessibility at the Garden

    Wheelchairs Wheelchairs are available free at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center.  Nearly all areas of the Garden are accessible by wheelchair, as are the tram tours.

    Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) Electric scooters are available for rent in the Visitor Center on an unreserved, first-come, first-served basis. The following fee applies: members: $15, nonmembers $20. Please note: quantities are limited. The ECV is a single-person chair only. Young children are not allowed to operate or ride on the chair.

    Operators must be 16 years of age or older. All operators between the ages of 16 and 18 must have a valid driver's license and signature of a parent or guardian over the age of 21. Scooter training is provided and required, and restrictions do apply. A release form must be signed by the guest operating the scooter. At the discretion of the Chicago Botanic Garden, ECVs cannot be used under the following circumstances: inclement weather, on tram tours, in restrooms, on turf, in Greenhouses, on the Arched Bridge to the Malott Japanese Garden, on the path along the Linnaeus sculpture in the Heratage Garden, or at the Waterfall Garden, Spider Island, or the Farwell Landscape Garden. ECV users must remain on all designated pathways. The ECV must be returned before sundown.

    Accessible restrooms are available in the Visitor Center, the Regenstein Center, and the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. For those dining at the Garden View Café, both outdoor decks are also wheelchair accessible.

         Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    10:00 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood 

    10:15 AM     Depart for Capitol Lakes

    10:25 AM      Arrival at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    10:40 AM       Arrival at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    10:45 AM     Depart for Glencoe                                       

    Arrive in Glencoe

    1:00 PM        Arrive at Writers Theatre (Estimated)

    1:20 PM        Arrive at Chicago Botanic Garden

    5:30 PM        Depart Chicago Botanic Garden

    5:45 PM        Arrive at Writers Theatre

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:15 PM        Arrive Lake Forest Oasis (30 Minute Dinner Break)

    8:35 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:50 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    9:05 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Van Galder Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further informationChicago Botanic Garden Organizer: Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486
    • June 18, 2017
    • Glencoe, IL
    • 21

    This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative, daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïveté coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.

    Book by Alfred Uhry
    Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
    Co-conceived by Harold Prince
    Music Direction by Michael Mahler
    Choreographed by Ericka Mac
    Directed by Gary Griffin

    Acclaimed director Gary Griffin, who directed the original Broadway production of composer Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas and the world premiere of his The Trumpet of the Swan at the Kennedy Center, stages an intimate revival of this celebrated musical. With a book by playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a score by Brown (The Last Five Years,The Bridges of Madison County) that combines folk, rock, R&B and gospel, Parade ends WT’s 25th Anniversary Season with spectacular impact.

    Sunday Spotlight (Post-Performance Discussion)

    We will be participating in the Sunday Spotlight which offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on our stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the Parade.


    Opens May 24 and runs through July 2

    More information will be forthcoming.

    Monitor the Parade webpage for the latest news.


    About Writers Theatre

    For 25 years, Writers Theatre has captivated Chicagoland audiences with inventive interpretations of classic work, a bold approach to contemporary theatre and a dedication to creating the most intimate theatrical experience possible.

    Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers Theatre has grown to become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence, being called the top regional theatre in the nation by The Wall Street Journal

    The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of more than 60,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry—providing the finest interpretations of both classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues. 

    In February 2016, Writers Theatre opened a new, state-of-the-art facility. This established the company's first permanent home—a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founder and Design Principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander


    The new facility has allowed the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complements the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

    You can find Writers Theatre on Facebook 

    Writers Theatre New Home: Virtual Tour (4.29)

    Review of Writers Theatre

    Mike Fischer, Theater Critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes:

    This is the third production I’ve seen in the new Writers Theatre space that opened this year.  But it’s the first of those three that I’ve reviewed, giving me the chance to publicly join the chorus of hosannas greeting this magnificent, two-theater complex, built at a cost of nearly $30 million.

    Deliberately invoking nearby designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, its public spaces are bathed in natural light and filled with comfortable seating areas as well as a terrace on which one can enjoy a drink.  The playing spaces capture the intimate feel of the previous two Writers theaters (the book store that housed one of them in an annex has, alas, now closed).

    The new Writers space is among the most beautiful theater complexes I’ve seen.  It’s also a reminder that even in a period when the arts are chronically underfunded (Wisconsin ranks near the bottom in per capita arts funding), there are still places where governmental and private visionaries understand that the arts are not only essential to our well being, but also a smart commercial play.  

    Glencoe will benefit enormously because it houses this new theater.  So will you if you come visit. Glencoe is north of Chicago; the easy, 72-mile drive there from downtown Milwaukee is shorter than the drive from Milwaukee to Madison.


         Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    10:00 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood 

    10:15 AM     Depart for Capitol Lakes

    10:25 AM      Arrival at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    10:40 AM       Arrival at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    10:45 AM     Depart for Glencoe                                       

    Arrive in Glencoe

    1:00 PM        Arrive at Writers Theatre (Estimated)

    1:20 PM        Arrive at Chicago Botanic Garden

    5:30 PM        Depart Chicago Botanic Garden

    5:45 PM        Arrive at Writers Theatre

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:15 PM        Arrive Lake Forest Oasis (30 Minute Dinner Break)

    8:35 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:50 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    9:05 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Van Galder Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further informationParade Theater Trip Organizer: Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741
    • June 23, 2017
    • August 25, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • UW Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison,WI
    • 50

    The same success program as last  year with a few modifications.

    To complement our PLATO Breakfast Get-Together, held from September to May,  your Special Events Team is has modified slightly last years successful PLATO Kaffeeklatsch.  We will now meet on the 4th Fridays of each month and earlier in the day - 9;30 am to 11 am.   We will meet on June 23, July 28 and August 25. We will meet on the terrace of the newly remodeled Memorial Union.

    The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch is an informal social gathering in which to meet your fellow PLATO members, share common interests and make new friends. If you are new to PLATO or new to the Madison area, this will be a great chance learn more about your organization, as well as, your new home environment.

     

    We will meet 9:30 AM-12:30 PM on the upper UW Memorial Terrance in the shade of the huge Oak tree with the large orange patio chair (And away from the noisy construction area).

    Drop by for cup of Joe or tea. Breakfast and lunch fare will be available, including a brat and beer.  Stop by first to claim your chair at our tables, then walk over to one of these food venues, place your order and carry it back.

     

    Memorial Union Summer dining options and hours:

    7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Peet’s Coffee &Tea

    7:00 AM – 10:00 PM The Daily Scoop

    10:30 AM – 10:00 PM Der Rathskeller

    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM The Lakefront on Langdon

    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM The Brat Stand

     

    Don’t be discouraged by the adjacent construction project:

    Langdon Street between Park and Lake Street is closed.

    The Memorial Union parking lot and shoreline behind the lot are closed.

     

    It is easy to walk over and enter the building:

    Park in the Lake Street Ramp, entrances on Lake Street and Frances Street.

    Walk west on State Street to Library Mall.

    Walk across Library Mall and Langdon Street to enter the Memorial Union.

    Turn left down the hallway, Peet’s Coffee & Tea will be on the left.

    (Restrooms are also located on the left and just beyond Peet’s)

    Turn right and walk through the large Rathskeller seating area to rear doors

    Turn right and exit through automatic sliding door.

    You are now on the Memorial Union Upper Terrace and the huge oak and orange chair are straight ahead. Look for our PLATO sign.

     

    We will arrive early to secure table and chairs.


    If you are planning to attend, please email Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or call 608-271-7741 so we know how many tables and chairs to gather.

    Bring your camera!

    See you Thursday, June 18 9:30-AM-12:30 PM on Memorial Union Terrace for the first PLATO Kaffeeklatsch!


    • July 11, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Spring Green
    • 12


    Join us on Tuesday, July 11 for the Restoration Comedy: A Flea in Her Ear in the Up-the-Hill Theatre. Written by Georges Feydeau. Directed by David Frank.

    The Funniest French Confection Ever to Frost a Stage 

    Featuring: Tracy Michelle Arnold, Kelsey Brennan, Nate Burger, David Daniel, Colleen Madden, Jonathan Smoots & Marcus Truschinski

    Synopsis

    The lovely Raymonde Chandebise wonders why her husband has stopped visiting her bedroom, and assumes he must be having an affair. So she asks her friend Lucienne to write him a love letter meant to lure him to a rendezvous where she can catch him in the act of being unfaithful. 

    But when Raymonde’s (very faithful) husband Victor Emmanuel receives the letter, he assumes it’s for his bachelor friend Tournel and gives it to him instead, setting in motion a hilarious series of events that bounces from the Chandebise home to a hotel of ill repute, where anything (and apparently everyone) goes.

    To Learn More About the American Players Theatre Production of A Flea in Her Ear, Click Here

    A Flea in Her Ear Two Ticket Ordering Options:

    1) PLATO Member and Guest ticket seating will be in Very Fine Section 6 and close to the stage.

    Optional Box Dinner may be added @ $15.00, as well as, extra tickets for friends who will meet you at APT @ $39.00.

    PICNIC DINNER SELECTIONS

    Smoked Turkey Sandwich: Thinly sliced smoked turkey, baby Swiss cheese, fresh spring greens on freshly baked focaccia, with basil-pesto mayo on the side. $15.00 

    Roast Beef and Havarti Sandwich: Roast beef, Havarti cheese, arugula, red onion on ciabatta bread, with horseradish mayo on the side. $15.00

    Vegetarian Caprese Sandwich: Ciabatta bread topped with fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomato and pesto sauce. $15.00 

    Vegetarian Greek Pita Sandwich: Avocado, feta cheese, cucumber, purple cabbage, red bell pepper and arugula in a wheat pita with a feta dill sauce. $15.00

    Goat Cheese, Chicken Breast and Almond Salad: Fresh greens topped with grilled chicken breast, almonds and goat cheese. Served with vinaigrette dressing on the side. $15.00

    Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad: Fresh greens topped with grilled chicken breast, chopped bacon, egg, and diced tomato. Served with housemade bleu cheese dressing on the side. $15.00

    All picnic dinners are served cold and include Mediterranean pasta salad, diced fruit and a brownie.



    Note: We have reserved the star tent nestled in a tree-lined alcove in the center of the picnic grounds for our picnic dinner. It has a star-shaped canopy with open sides and enough picnic tables to accommodate 70 persons, making it easy for us to spread out and be comfortable.


    2) Order your own tickets and ride the PLATO Bus @ $18.00.

    3) Order your own tickets and ride the PLATO Bus @ $18.00 and add a Picnic Dinner ($15) for a total of $33.00.

    Registration Limit: 56

    Registration Deadlines: 

    June 26 - Best Seats 

    June 27 - July 9: Any Available Seats


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive at American Players Theatre on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

     

    Leave Madison

    4:00 PM      Bus  arrives at East Towne Sears to begin boarding.

    4:25 PM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    4:50 PM     Arrives at Oakwood Village West

    5:00 PM    Departs for American Players Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    At American Players Theatre

    5:45 PM     Arrive APT

    Free Time from 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

    - Pack and Enjoy a Picnic Dinner
    - Enjoy Your Pre-Ordered APT Box Dinner (six choices TBD)
    - Explore the APT Grounds
    - Check out the Gift Shops

    7:30 PM   A Flea in Her Ear Begins

    9:30 PM  A Flea in Her Ear Ends (Est)

    10:00 PM  Depart for Madison (Est)


    Return to Madison (Est)

    10:50 PM     Arrive Oakwood Village West

    11:10 PM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    11:30 PM     Arrive East Towne Sears


    Accessibility Policy.On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. 

    Check with the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.          

    A Flea in Her Ear Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For Complete PLATO A Flea in Her Ear Theater Trip Including How to Register, Click Here.


    For further information, contact A Flea in Her Ear theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • August 16, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Spring Green
    • 17


    Join us on Wednesday, August 16 for the Three Sisters in the Up-the-Hill Theatre. Written by Anton Chekhov. Directed by William Brown. Translated by Susan Coyne.

    Life Lived in Moments

    For three women lingering in the past and on the edge, fortune lives in the everyday. Trapped between a genteel dream and a reality rife with yearning, they infuse their habitat and their hearts with home-spun beauty. They are rich in love – for each other, and for their eccentric extended family. And despite their station, they believe in a better future. After all, their dreams are always just ahead. Even though they may be out of reach. Wrap yourself up in this emotional masterpiece, forged in exquisite moments of humor and hope.

    Featuring: Kelsey Brennan, Nate Burger, Sarah Day, Rebecca Hurd, Chike Johnson, John Taylor Phillips, Laura Rook &  Jonathan Smoots

    August - September, 2017

    Synopsis

    Anton Chekhov (The Seagull, staged by APT in 2014) returns with another soul-searing masterpiece about hope, regret and the complexities of love. Three sisters – Olga, an unwed schoolteacher; Masha, a pianist in an unhappy  marriage and Irina, an idealist with plans for a vibrant future – live together with their brother Andrei. 

    In the past, the family lived well-to-do in Moscow, but moved to a provincial town with their father, who had been a military general before his death a year prior. The girls dream of moving back to the city, and more aristocratic lives. Surrounded by soldiers from a nearby artillery post with whom the family has grown close, they watch their lives play out in ways they’d never imagined. 

    A hearty, cathartic story about the moments we allow to pass, and how they shape the future. 

    To Learn More About the American Players Theatre Production of Three Sisters, Click Here

    Three Sisters Two Ticket Ordering Options:

    1) PLATO Member and Guest ticket seating will be in Very Fine Section 6 and close to the stage.

    Optional Picnic Dinner may be added @ $15.00, as well as, extra tickets for friends who will meet you at APT @ $39.00.

    PICNIC DINNER SELECTIONS

    Smoked Turkey Sandwich: Thinly sliced smoked turkey, baby Swiss cheese, fresh spring greens on freshly baked focaccia, with basil-pesto mayo on the side. $15.00

    Roast Beef and Havarti Sandwich: Roast beef, Havarti cheese, arugula, red onion on ciabatta bread, with horseradish mayo on the side. $15.00

    Vegetarian Caprese Sandwich: Ciabatta bread topped with fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomato and pesto sauce. $15.00

    Vegetarian Greek Pita Sandwich: Avocado, feta cheese, cucumber, purple cabbage, red bell pepper and arugula in a wheat pita with a feta dill sauce. $15.00

    Goat Cheese, Chicken Breast and Almond Salad: Fresh greens topped with grilled chicken breast, almonds and goat cheese. Served with vinaigrette dressing on the side. $15.00

    Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad: Fresh greens topped with grilled chicken breast, chopped bacon, egg, and diced tomato. Served with housemade bleu cheese dressing on the side. $15.00

    All picnic dinners are served cold and include Mediterranean pasta salad, diced fruit and a brownie.




    Note: We have reserved the star tent nestled in a tree-lined alcove in the center of the picnic grounds for our picnic dinner. It has a star-shaped canopy with open sides and enough picnic tables to accommodate 70 persons, making it easy for us to spread out and be comfortable.


    2) Order your own tickets and ride the PLATO Bus @ $18.00.

    3) Order your own tickets and ride the PLATO Bus @ $18.00 and add a Picnic Dinner ($15) for a total of $33.00.

    Registration Limit: 56

    Registration Deadlines: 

    June 26 - Best Seats 

    June 27 - July 9: Any Available Seats


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive at American Players Theatre on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

     

    Leave Madison

    4:00 PM      Bus  arrives at East Towne Sears to begin boarding.

    4:25 PM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    4:50 PM     Arrives at Oakwood Village West

    5:00 PM    Departs for American Players Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    At American Players Theatre

    5:45 PM     Arrive APT

    Free Time from 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

    - Pack and Enjoy a Picnic Dinner
    - Enjoy Your Pre-Ordered APT Box Dinner (six choices TBD)
    - Explore the APT Grounds
    - Check out the Gift Shops

    7:30 PM   Three Sisters Begins

    9:30 PM Three Sisters Ends (Est)

    10:00 PM  Depart for Madison (Est)


    Return to Madison (Est)

    10:50 PM     Arrive Oakwood Village West

    11:10 PM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    11:30 PM     Arrive East Towne Sears


    Accessibility Policy.On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. 

    Check with the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.          

    Three Sisters Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For Complete PLATO Three Sisters Theater Trip Including How to Register, Click Here.


    For further information, contact Three Sisters theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • September 13, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UW Memorial Union
    • 25
    Registration is closed


    Join us as we walk through State and University history.  We will start and end at the newly renovated Memorial Union, climb Bascom Hill as we hear stories of the original UW Campus, pause at the Lincoln Statue and stop in front of the unique Carillon Tower which is currently under reconstruction.  We will return to the Memorial Union for a tour of the new renovations.  For those willing to continue, Mike will lead us on a brief tour of the Red Gym.  

    Restaurants: The walk will terminate at the newly renovated Memorial Union, that has a few new lunch locations. There are many options for lunch two blocks away on State Street.

    What to Expect on the Walk

    Quality of the Path/Walk: The path is well maintained cement pavement.

    Hill Rating: Strenuous Hill Climb as we climb both up and down the slope.

    Handicap Accessibility? Yes, but the hill climb is strenuous as we travel both up and down the hill.  Building access is adapted to handicap accessibility.


    Highlights of the Walk

     9:50 am  Meet our docent at the Memorial Union

    10:00 am  Start historic walk up Bascom Hill

    10:30 am  Stop in front of the Lincoln Statue and the  Carillon Tower.

    11:00 am  Start Tour of the renovated Memorial Union

    11:30 am  Optional tour of the Red Gym

    12:00 pm  Tour ends with lunch on you own.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Venue 

    Indian Lake County Park, east lot 8183 Hwy 19 
    Cross Plains, WI 53528 United States 
    + Google Map

     

    • December 31, 2017
    • PLATO Diversity Committee:

    The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; has been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers, and prisons nationwide. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.  (http://newjimcrow.com/about)


    This and other titles can be found on the Selected Bibliography on Racism, Inequality and Mass Incarceration now available on the PLATO website








    February's Book 


    From the PLATO Diversity Committee

    "If we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed or discounted" so argues Michael Eric Dyson in his recent book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.  An easy read in spite of the difficult content.  This and other titles can be found on the new Selected Bibliography on Racism, Inequality and Mass Incarceration now available on the PLATO website - just click this link.  We hope to develop additional bibliographies on diversity issues  - we welcome your suggestions. (Contact ksmichaelis@gmail.com)



    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

Past events

April 21, 2017 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration
April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
February 01, 2017 The Agora, Vol. 5, Is Now Accepting Submissions.
January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
November 16, 2016 WRAP UP of DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S PLATO BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
October 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 21, 2016 THE PLATO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 12, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
July 08, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
June 28, 2016 Chicago Summer a la Carte: Summer Fun in Downtown Chicago
June 24, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Trolley Tour 2016 - June 24
June 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 25, 2016 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
May 20, 2016 University Senior Guest Auditor Workshop
May 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
September 10, 2015 Crimes of the 21st Century: Scams Targeting Seniors
August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
July 09, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
June 24, 2015 Milwaukee Masterworks Bus Trip 2
June 24, 2015 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
May 20, 2015 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 19, 2015 Ten Chimneys Tour @ Genesee Depot
May 13, 2015 Peter and the Starcatcher @ Milwaukee Rep
May 07, 2015 Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg
May 03, 2015 End of Life Preparedness (Parts I & II)
April 23, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 22, 2015 Jeeves Takes a Bow and Explore Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 10, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in Disease Ecology”
April 01, 2015 Five Presidents @ Milwaukee Rep
March 06, 2015 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
February 27, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Update on International Relations”
February 18, 2015 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 12, 2015 Read More To Be More @ Madison Public Library
February 05, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
February 03, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
December 10, 2014 Harvey @ Milwaukee Rep
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 29, 2014 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
October 22, 2014 The Color Purple (The Musical about Love)
October 08, 2014 Chicago in Autumn Overnight Stay Bus Trip
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

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