List of Upcoming Special Events  (printable; opens as pdf)
updated 3/13//2018

Upcoming events

    • October 13, 2017
    • May 25, 2018
    • 16 sessions

    Indoors for the Winter 

    East and West Side Locations

    2nd Friday @ Cafe Hollander                  4th Friday @ Ellie's Restaurant



    Westside Breakfast at Cafe Hollander:

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Cafe Hollander: American - Belgian Cuisine Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone,
    • Dawn's contact information is: sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Cafe Hollander: 
           701 Hilldale Way
           Madison, WI 53705
           (608) 237-3168       
      

     

    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Elie's Family Restaurant:  Breakfast Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Elie's Family Restaurant: 
          Lake Edge Shopping Center
          4012 Monona Drive
          Madison, WI 53716
           (608) 223-2040




     


    • January 17, 2018
    • September 05, 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Various Locations

     

    All lectures are FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 


    Registration is not required.



    The Special Events Committee has organized a series of lectures on various topics for 2018.  The following lectures are currently being organized; additional information will be posted here, as it becomes available.  


    "Understanding Community Programs: Importance of early childhood learning opportunities."

    Speaker: Marlo Mielke, The Program Director at One  City Early Learning Center

    Date: May 23, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Tim Otis


    "The Science of the Beginning of Life"

    Speakers: Dr. William Eisinger, phd

    Date: September 5, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, 53718

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    "Midterm Election 2018: Wisconsin and the Nation"

    Speakers: Dr. Dennis Dresang
    Date: October 17, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West Auditorium
    Coord: Suzy Griffiths


    PAST LECTURES

    "Hurricanes, Wildfires and Climate Change ...  Cause or Effect???"

    Speaker: Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier

    Date: January 17, 2018

    Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Woods

    Coord: Carrol Schiller


    "Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear" 

    Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History

    Wisconsin Historical Society 

    Date: February 14, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Coord: Aleta Murray


    "Clearing Common Misconceptions about ISLAM and Current

      Community Challenges."

    Speakers: 

    • Women's Rights - Sarah Schlosser
    • Sharia Law, Jihad & Terrorism - Sheikh Alhagie Jallow
    • Current Community Challenges - Masood Akhtar
    • Muslim World Experiences - John Vaudreuil (former U.S. Attorney of Western Wisconsin.)

    Date: March 7, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    "Well-being and Resilience in Aging"

    Speakers: 

    Lorri Houston & Dr. Stacey Schaefer, Center        for HealthyMinds 

    Date: April 17, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Capital Lakes Auditorium

             Coord: Eileen Rabson


    "Patrick Marsh: A Look at its Past and Future"

    Speakers: Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy - Moderator

    Date: May 8, 2018

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Loc:    Sun Prairie Library, Sun Prairie, WI

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio, Bill Eisinger

    Walk: A walk around Patrick Marsh is scheduled for March 3, lead by Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy.  A rain date has been set for March 10, if necessary.


    "PLATO is the Most Powerful Organization in Dane County"

    Speaker: Paul Terranova, ED of Lussier Community  Education Center

    Date: May 9, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Tim Otis



    • May 23, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium


    Registration is not required.

    This lecture is FREE and OPEN to the public. 


    Lecture:

    "Importance of Early Childhood Learning and Its Influence on Success Throughout life" 


    The presentation is the second in a series of lectures about organizations that address community issues in Madison and Dane County.


    Speakers:

    Kaleem Caire:  CEO of One City Early Learning Center

    Kaleem Caire is the founder and CEO of One City Early Learning Centers, a preschool designed to ensure children are reading-ready by kindergarten and that their parents have the knowledge, tools and ability to provide for them and lead strong families. 

    A nationally recognized social innovator and entrepreneur known for starting and leading movements for change, he has spearheaded and developed unprecedented coalitions, public engagement initiatives and complex organizational change efforts. His innovative contributions to education have positively impacted millions of children in the United States and abroad, and his efforts in business and nonprofit leadership have opened the doors to education, employment and career advancement opportunities to thousands of children and adults. 

    Kaleem’s efforts and leadership in Washington, DC and Madison, WI, in particular, have been heralded as major successes, and his work to strengthen and enhance educational and job opportunities with city, community, business and governmental agencies and leaders, including the Bush and Obama administrations, has been noteworthy and transformational.


    Marlo Mielke, Vice President and Founding Center Director

    Marlo Mielke was selected to serve as One City’s founding Center Director in April 2015. She provides the day-to-day leadership of the preschool, which is     determined to eliminate Madison’s achievement gap at its core – during a child’s first years 

    Marlo has more than 20 years of experience working with children ages birth to 18, including seven years as the owner and operater of a family childcare business and 10 years as a director of early childhood learning centers. Prior to One City, Marlo served as the director of Agape Christian Preschool in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, an accredited nonprofit preschool that served 110 children.  While leading Agape, Marlo also worked with the Mount Horeb School District to help establish their four-year old kindergarten program.

    Marlo was raised on Madison’s East side and is a 1990 graduate of Madison East High School.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis on early childhood and special education from Edgewood College in Madison, and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 


    About One City Early Learning Center

    One City Early Learning Center is dedicated to cultivating healthy, happy, thoughtful, and resourceful children who have the capacity and commitment to empower others and change the world, their families and communities for the better. With this in mind, our mission is to prepare young children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, and ensure they enter grade school reading-ready.

    One City Early Learning Center has been approved to start a Charter School in the fall for pre-school youth.


    Lecture Location:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Tim Otis at: e-Mail - tierneyotis@gmail.com or phone 608 233-1050.



    • May 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison)
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Please join us for the

    PLATO

    ANNUAL MEETING & BUFFET LUNCH


    Keynote Presentation: Professor Charles Franklin 

    Elections 2018: Whither Wisconsin?"


    TUESDAY, MAY 29, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    LUSSIER FAMILY HERITAGE CENTER

    3101 LAKE FARM ROAD, MADISON


    When Marquette Professor Charles Franklin last spoke at our annual meeting, it was only 2016; yet it seems now we were in another universe, long ago and far away. We thought then we knew that elections matter; now we really know they do. Professor Franklin is still at work as Director of the renowned Marquette Law School Poll. Despite the iconic 2016 elections, the poll continues to be the best at tracking public opinion in Wisconsin. Do you really want to know what the volatile voters of Wisconsin are thinking today about political races and other issues of public policy? Then come and listen to Professor Charles Franklin on May 29th. His topic will be “Elections 2018: Whither Wisconsin?"


    Ø  Schedule

    11:00 am          Check‐in/pick‐up name tags

    11:15 am          Taste of Italy Buffet Lunch

    • featuring pastas (including a gluten‐free option), salad, fruit, dessert, coffee, tea, lemonade.

    12:30 pm          Annual Meeting & Keynote Speaker

    • Annual election results & introduction of 2018‐19 PLATO Board
    • PLATO Service Award presentation
    • Announcement of 2018‐19 Scholarship recipients
    • Keynote: Election 2018: Whither Wisconsin?by Professor Charles Franklin, Marquette University

    Professor Franklin is Director of the renowned Marquette Law School Poll which continues to be the best at tracking public opinion in Wisconsin. The Marquette Law Poll is a public policy initiative of Marquette University Law School.


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    Ø Pre-registration required

    • Register online now   
    • OR  use this mail‐in Form.
      • Member Fee: $12.50    
      • Non‐member/Guest Fee: $17.50

    Ø  Registration deadline is Friday, May 18

    Ø Cancellations are also due May 18. 

    • No refunds after this date. 
    • Leave a message at the PLATO office: (608) 262‐5823 if you need to cancel.


    Ø  Driving Directions

    The PLATO Annual Meeting & Lunch will be held at:

    The Lussier Family Heritage Center

    located in Lake Farm County Park

    3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison, WI  53711


    The Lussier Family Heritage Center Web Address:
    https://lussierheritagecenter.com/
                        

    The Center features convenient, free parking & ADA accessible facilities.



    • June 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Trailhead: McDaniel Village Park
    • 24
    Register


    Welcome to a unique walk across and along Lake Waubesa. 


    A Dane County Naturalist will lead a 3 mile walk along a new walk/bike path. 


    About the Lower Yahara River Trail:

     Phase 1 of the Lower Yahara River Trail was opened to the public on August 27, 2017.  This trail provides an off-road connection between the City of Madison and the Village of McFarland that didn’t previously exist. It includes the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America!  The mile-long bridge spans Lake Waubesa, connecting the Capital City Trail with McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. The bridge runs alongside an active railroad corridor and includes an accessible fishing pier, rest stops, and observation areas with picturesque views.  

    Walk Description:

    The walk will cover 1/2 mile of fairly flat dirt path through a woods along the edge of Lake Waubesa and a 1 mile suspended boardwalk over the lake.  We will walk this trail both ways for a total of three miles and then have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Our guide is a Dane County Naturalist who will tell us about:

    • The boardwalk construction challenges and unique design elements
    • The collaborative construction effort 
    • The history of Dane County bike/foot paths and how this new addition links into the system.
    • What is Capital Springs Recreation Area and plans for expansion.
    • Long term plans for the bike/walking paths east and south of Madison

    Park Description:


    The nearly 2,500 acre Capital Springs Recreation Area is cooperatively operated and managed by Dane County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with additional support from the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area.  Recreation opportunities include wildlife viewing, cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and camping.  The Capital Springs Recreation Area boundary features many parks, trails and natural resource points of interest.

    • Overview Map (Capital City State Trail / Capital Springs Recreation Area)

    Driving Directions and Parking:

    We will access the trail from the east at McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. Trailhead: McDaniel Village Park, McFarland, Wisc.

    Map and directions:  


    Get Directions


    Restrooms:

    There is a park shelter about 1 1/2 miles into our walk.  I have asked that the restrooms be unlocked for the morning.

    About our $10 fee:

    PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.




    • June 10, 2018
    • Wilmette/Evanston
    • 14
    Register


    The Halim Time & Glass Museum opened last September in Evanston to showcase stained glass by Tiffany and others along with grandfather clocks, wrist-watches, and other time-keeping devices collected from around the world.

    Explore beauty and craftsmanship as you travel through time on a journey to discover the art and science of time keeping.  Over 1,100 timepieces are on display including tower clocks, chronometers, automatons, pocket watches and tall case clocks.  Beautifully restored and preserved, the collection is one of the finest in the world.

              Stained Glass Masters                                 Clocks of the World

    More than 30 masterpiece windows tell the story of the American School of Stained Glass.  Tiffany, Tillinghast, Lamb, Sperry - these are only a few of the masters on display.

    Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany traces the creative life of the artist.  Making advances in stained glass, pottery and other media, L.C. Tiffany was a true American master.

        Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany                            Halim Museum


                                                Clocks from the Collection


                                                Glass from the Collection


    We will spend two hours at the museum – one hour on a guided tour and one hour to explore the museum on your own.

    TripAdvisor Reviews of the Halim Museum

    Yelp Reviews of the Halim Museum

    Halim's Time Piece Collection

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                                 Bahá'í Temple

    The Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette is one of the most striking architectural buildings in the Chicago area.  One of ten dedicated temples of the Bahá'í Faith, it is the oldest surviving Bahá'í House of Worship in the world.  In 1978, the Temple was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Illinois Office of Tourism has named it one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois".

    The Bahá'í Faith is a religion teaching the essential worth of all religions and the unity and equality of all people. It began in Persia and other parts of the Middle East region where it has faced ongoing persecution since its inception. Currently it has between five and seven million adherents, known as Bahá'ís, spread out into most of the world's countries and territories.

                            Gardens                                                            Interior

    The Temple is a domed structure surrounded by gardens and fountains.   Many elements of the building occur in groups of nine.  Since nine is the last number in the decimal system, Bahá'ís believe it symbolizes perfection and completion. There are nine entrances to the auditorium, nine interior alcoves, nine dome sections, and nine fountains in the garden area.

                            Interior Dome                                                Entrance

    We will have a guided tour of the Temple and grounds during our 70 minute visit.

    LUNCH

    Lunch is not included in the trip fee and  will be from 11:00-11:45 at the Lake Forest Oasis.  There are tables inside and outside the Oasis where you can sit.  You can bring your own lunch or choose from the following restaurants:

    • Taste of Middle East
    • Subway
    • Sbarro
    • Panda Express
    • McDonalds
    • Taco Bell Express
    • KFC Express
    • Dairy Queen
    • Doc Popcorn
    • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
    • Dunkin' Donuts
    • Starbucks

    Please Note: The Bahá'í/Halim Field Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Buried Child theater trip. Each trip is allotted 28 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 in Chicago 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

    7:50 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:00 AM         Bus departs Oakwood

    8:20 AM         Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM         Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM         Depart for Chicago (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Chicago Area Schedule

    11:00 AM       Arrive at Lake Forest Oasis for lunch

    11:45 AM       Depart Lake Forest Oasis

    12:30 PM      Arrive Bahai Temple

    1:40 PM        Depart Bahai Temple for Halim Museum

    2:00 PM        Arrive Halim Museum

    4:00 PM        Depart Halim Museum to pick up theater group in Glencoe

    4:20 PM        Pick up  theater group  and depart for Madison

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    7:40 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    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.


    Bahai Temple and Halim Museum mail-in registration.pdf (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Bahá'í/Halim Field Trip trip organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486

    • June 10, 2018
    • Glencoe
    • 22
    Register


    On a cross-country trip from New York to the west coast, Vince and his girlfriend Shelly decide to make a stop at his grandparents’ rural Illinois home. But when they arrive, neither his grandparents, Dodge and Halie, nor his father Tilden and uncle Bradley seem to recognize or remember him. As Vince searches for answers, truths begin to emerge that reveal a deep corrosion of this fragmented family living in a forgotten America.

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, wriitten by Sam Shepard, will be newly invigorated for the WT stage by Resident Director Kimberly Senior (Hedda Gabler, The Diary of Anne Frank, Marjorie Prime, The Scene), drawing audiences deeply into the story of a family fighting to come to grips with an America that may have left them behind.

    Opens May 9 and runs through June 17

    More information will be forthcoming.

    Monitor the Buried Child webpage for the latest news.


    About Writers Theatre

    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.

    LUNCH

    Lunch is not included in the trip fee and will be from 11:00-11:45 at the Lake Forest Oasis.  There are tables inside and outside the Oasis where you can sit.  You can bring your own lunch or choose from the following restaurants:

    • Taste of Middle East
    • Subway
    • Sbarro
    • Panda Express
    • McDonalds
    • Taco Bell Express
    • KFC Express
    • Dairy Queen
    • Doc Popcorn
    • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
    • Dunkin' Donuts
    • Starbucks

    Please Note: The Buried Child Theater Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Bahá'í/Halim Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 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 in Chicago 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

    7:50 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:00 AM         Bus departs Oakwood

    8:20 AM         Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM         Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM         Depart for Chicago (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Chicago Area Schedule

    11:00 AM       Arrive at Lake Forest Oasis for lunch

    11:45 AM       Depart Lake Forest Oasis

    12:30 PM      Arrive Bahai Temple to drop off field trip participants

    1:00 PM        Arrive Writers Theatre 

    4:20 PM        Pick up Writers theatergoers and depart for Madison

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    7:40 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    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.

    Buried Child Theater Trip mail-in registration form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Buried Child Theater Trip trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • June 13, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton 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 Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

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

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

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    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. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • June 14, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W Main St., Premier Room, Madison


    Welcome Theater Enthusiasts and others interested in leaning more about PLATO theatre trips. Our upcoming schedule is listed below. We plan to discuss and examine in depth each trip at our monthly meeting as the season unfolds. 

    At our June 14 meeting will be discuss Always...Patsy Cline (May 20), Buried Child (June 10), Hamilton Chicago (June 13) and As You Like It (July 11).

    We will be meeting in the main floor Premier Room.

    Purchase beer, wine or your favorite beverage in the dining room and bring to the meeting. An optional dining opportunity follows the meeting, either within Capitol Lakes (closes at 7 PM) or at a nearby pub/eatery of common consent.



    2017-2018 PLATO Field and Theater Trip Season

    Sun, May 20 - Always... Patsy Cline, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret


    Sun, June 10 - Buried Child, Writers Theatre, Glencoe, IL

    Sun, June 10 - Bahá'í Temple/Halim Time and Glass Museum Field Trip, Wilmette/Evanston, IL

    Wed, June 13 -  Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 1, CIBC Theatre, Chicago

    2018-2019 PLATO Field and Theater Trips Season

    Wed, July 11 -  As You Like ItAmerican Players Theatre, Hill Theatre

    Fri, July 13 - Sculpture Milwaukee, Wisconsin Avenue MAM Docent Tour/Bastille Days

    Sun, August 5 - New Glarus Festival Field Trip

    Tue, August 14 -  Born Yesterday, American Players Theatre, Hill Theatre

    Fri, September 14 - Our Amish Neighbors: Farm and Community Tour 2018

    Su September 16 -  Songs for Nobodies, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    W October 10 -  In the Heights, Milwaukee Rep, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    F November 9 -  Engaging Shaw, American Players Theatre, Touchstone Theater

    W November 14 -  Hamilton Wait List 2 Theater Trip  CIBC Theatre, Chicago

    W December 5 -  Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, Milwaukee Rep,  Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    2019

    Su January 13 - The All Night Strut Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    W February 6 - Junk,  Milwaukee Rep, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    Su March 10 - Mark Twain's River of Song, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    Su May 5 - August Wilson's Two Trains Running, Milwaukee Rep,  Quadracci Powerhouse

    May 22 - West Side Story, A Coproduction of Lyric Opera-Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival


    • June 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Sun Prairie Library
    • 22
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    Registration Required


    Pleasant Valley Conservancy


    A Walk with Some Hill Climbing Options





    About your Guides: Kathie and Tom Brock

    Our guides for the walk are Kathie and tom Brock owners who have devoted much of their adult lives to restoring and caring for this land.  We will hear a little bit about their lives as they  relate stories about their vision for the land and devotion to restoration work.

    About the Walk:

    The walk with climb a ridge and then continue along the ridge for about 3/4 mile and then return down a trail the cuts across the slope.  We will have options of riding a small off-road vehicle for those who could use an assist traveling both up and down the sloping trail.  There are also trails at the base of the hill, following a stream as an alternative route. 

    The views from atop the ridge are beautiful. The trails permit excellent views of the whole conservancy. The trails use in part mowed trails and the rest use the ridge-top service road and fire breaks.

    The walk will cover about 2 miles over rolling terrain (sometimes steep) and include a few stops as we hear about the various biomes and the life long work of Kathie and Tom to restore the land.

     About the Conservancy:

    Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area No. 551 is a 140 acre Preserve in western Dane County, Wisconsin. It consists of extensive restored oak savannas, dry, mesic, and wet prairies, wetlands, and oak woods. Scenic views and wildlife viewing are excellent, and several trails provide ready access to the Preserve. Especially noteworthy at Pleasant Valley are the fine restored oak savannas, once common in the Midwest but now very rare. The Preserve has many large open-grown white and bur oaks, which can be viewed from Pleasant Valley Road, and seen close up from the trails. The herbaceous layer in the savanna is highly diverse.

    The Preserve provides excellent habitat for cavity-nesting birds, including red-headed woodpeckers, a characteristic bird of oak savannas. Red-heads breed in the Preserve and can frequently be seen from the upper ridge trail. Breeding bird surveys have found around 70 species, including a number of rare and/or interesting species.

    Over 300 species of flowering plants have been recorded, including several rare ones.

    Purple milkweed, a species endangered in Wisconsin, is found extensively in the savanna areas and is thriving. Other plant species found here that are threatened or of special concern include: upland boneset, cream gentian, glade mallow, yellow giant hyssop, prairie turnip, and sweet Indian plantain.

    Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a site of The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE), an organization active in the upper Midwest. Part of the Conservancy is owned by TPE and the rest is permanently protected by a conservation easement donated to TPE by Kathie and Tom Brock.

     
    Driving & Parking:

    Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area

    4609 Pleasant Valley Rd, Black Earth, WI 53515

    The Conservancy is about 4 miles southwest of the Village of Black Earth. Go west from Black Earth on County Highway F and continue south on F until Pleasant Valley Road. Turn left on Pleasant Valley Road. The preserve will be on both sides of the road . Continue past the steep hillside (large prairie remnant) until you reach an open area and walking trail entrance (about ¾ mile east on Pleasant Valley Road from the junction with County F). (Fire number 4554 Pleasant Valley Road.) Cars should be parked off the road facing the entrance

    1 min (0.4 mi)

    A google map is provided starting downtown Madison.  Change the starting address to tailor the driving instructions.


     Questions? Contact Mike Di Iorio @ mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or 608  520 4448.

     

     

       


    • July 11, 2018
    • Spring Green, Wisconsin
    • 53
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    As You Like It @ American Players Theatre
    Hill Theatre
    Wednesday, July 11

    Join us Wednesday, July 11th, for our first American Players Theatre (APT) play of the summer, As You Like It, by William Shakespeare.

    Directed by James Bohnen

    Featuring: Trancy Michelle Arnold, Kelsey Brennan, Nate Burger, David Daniel, Tim Gittings, Chris Klopatek, Brian Mani, Melisa Pereyra, Andrea San Miguel

    This Shakespearean comedy centers on Rosalind and Celia, who are best friends and cousins. When Celia’s father, the Duke, sees Rosalind as a threat to his daughter’s future prosperity, the two women dress in costume (with Rosalind pretending to be a boy named Ganymede), and flee to the Forest of Arden before Rosalind is banished. In the meantime, Orlando, a young man who had previously fallen in love with Rosalind, is similarly threatened by his own brother, and flees to the Forest as well. He meets “Ganymede” who promises to teach him how to romantically pursue Rosiland. A band of merry woods-dwelling misfits join the adventure.

    For more information on the play, see APT's As You Like It website

    Estimated Run Time:  3 hours, including one intermission (7:30 PM - 10:30 PM)

    As You Like It  will be staged in APT's flagship outdoor Hill Theatre, a natural amphitheater with 1,088 cushioned seats. It is about a quarter-mile walk (or shuttle ride) from the parking lot to the theater. Our seats will be in the "Very Fine" Section 6 and close to the stage. More information about this theater and how to prepare for your visit, including rain policy. 


    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.

    DINNER is on your own*

    There will be time for enjoying dinner, shopping in the APT gift stores, and exploring the grounds from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  You have three options for dinner:

    • Enjoy the group dinner at Freddy Valentine's Public House in Spring Green. The bus will drop you off at 4:45 pm and pick you up at 6:30 pm. Or try out another downtown restaurant on your own.
    • Pack and enjoy a dinner from home on the APT grounds.
    • Order/Purchase/Pick Up (on your own) an APT Box Dinner by Hubbard Avenue Diner to be picked up at the concessions stand in the picnic area starting two hours before the performance. (See Picnics by Hubbard Avenue Diner for details.) Please note, picnics must be ordered in advance by the day before your performance, no later than 4:00 pm.

    *Group Dinner Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option dinner  addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Dinner questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes 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 Spring Green 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 - Please arrive 15 minutes before departure

    3:00 PM Bus departs East Towne Sears (boarding across from Culver’s, west of Lamppost 10)

    3:20 PM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    3:40 PM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods for Spring Green (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Spring Green

    4:45 PM Bus arrives at Freddy Valentine's Public House in Spring Green for those choosing the group dining option

    5:00 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre for those dining at picnic grounds

    6:30 PM Bus returns to pick up diners at Freddy Valentine's Public House in Spring Green

    6:45 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre

    7:30 PM As You Like It performance begins

    10:30 PM As You Like It performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle down the hill and restroom use.

    11:00 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    11:50 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    12:10 AM Return to Capitol Lakes

    12:30 AM Return to East Towne Sears

    As You Like It PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact As You Like It theater trip organizers:

    • September 05, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI 53718


    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and the general public. 

    Registration is not required.


    “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

    by Dr. William Eisinger



    Lecture:  “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

    Nearly four billion years ago the first forms of life began to appear on the earth. Did life

    emerge spontaneously from the primordial soup found in puddles on the cooling earth

    surface? Did life arise somewhere else in the Universe and come to the earth via

    meteors?

    For more than fifty years scientists have tried to recreate the conditions of the early earth

    in their laboratories and found that the basic building blocks of life can be formed

    through random interactions of simple compounds likely found on the early earth. This

    gives rise to the larger question – how did these simple building blocks assemble

    themselves into the complex structures required for cells to function? Although most

    scientists assume that nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) played essential roles in the

    formation of the earliest life, Dr. David Baum (UW Madison) and others believe that

    primitive forms of life might have existed without nucleic acids. Although each year

    important discoveries are made in this field, many fundamental questions about how life

    began remain unanswered.


    Speaker: Dr. William Eisinger

    Dr. William Eisinger is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Santa Clara University. While he was a graduate student he was introduced to origin of life studies by Dr. Sidney Fox a pioneer in the field and at Santa Clara University worked with Dr. H. P. Klein and other scientists from NASA Ames


    Location & Parking Instructions: 

    The lecture will be held at Oak Park Place, 718 Jupiter Dr, Madison, WI 53718-2950. 

    Map Directions: This link will allow you to type in your current address and will  provide directions to Oak Park Place.

    There is street parking in front of the building.  Additional parking can be found behind Oak Park Place.

    Questions?   Contact information: Mike Di Iorio, mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or 608 257-9164.


    • September 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street


    The PLATO Spring Open House will take place 1:30 - 3:00PM, Wednesday, September 19th.

    * Talk with Course Coordinators & discuss their Spring class offerings

    * Re-connect with PLATO colleagues

    * Chat with Committee representatives about upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities

    * Light refreshments available throughout the afternoon

    *  A Q & A session is planned to answer questions about PLATO.

    Come any time between 1:30 and 3:00. As you enter the Senior Center, pick up an information folder, then freely move from table to table on the first floor to meet and talk to the course coordinators.  Each PLATO committee will also be represented - we are always in need of new volunteers to keep PLATO activities going!

    A brief Question-and-Answer Session will be held near the end of the open house time to help prospective, new and continuing members learn more about PLATO committees, issues, and future plans.

    Refreshments hosted by the Special Events Committee and seating will be available throughout the afternoon.

    • October 17, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center


    Registration is not required.

    This lecture is FREE to the general public. 


    Dr. Dennis Dresang will present:


    Midterm Elections 2018: Wisconsin and the Nation





    Dennis L. Dresang

    Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Political Science

    Professor Dennis Dresang is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Political Science and founding director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on state politics, public personnel management, and community issues. He has contributed to public service in a variety of ways: directing a research and public service seminar of La Follette School students examining community health issues and youth violence, chairing two major gubernatorial task forces, and serving on numerous tribal and local government commissions on human resource management issues. He was research director for a policy initiative of Wisconsin's lieutenant governor to improve the status of women, and he was director of the Center for Wisconsin State, Local, and Tribal Governance during its operation from 1993-2008. For his research and public service on pay equity, he received distinguished service awards from the Women's Political Caucus and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Council. Professor Dresang serves as a volunteer instructor in a university program for senior citizens.

    Professor Dresang is co-author of Politics and Policy in American States and Communities, 7th edition; author of Public Personnel Management and Public Policy, 6th edition; and author of Public Administration, 8th edition. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Public Personnel Management, and Journal of Public Personnel Administration.

    Professor Dresang is completing a biography of Governor Patrick J. Lucey.

    He received his doctorate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.


    Location & Parking Instructions: 

    Lecture Location:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.


    Questions?   Contact information: Suzy Griffiths, ssgriffths@gmail.com or 608 233-5592.


    • November 14, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 48
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    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton 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 Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

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

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

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    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. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 2 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

Past events

May 20, 2018 Always...Patsy Cline @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
May 10, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
May 10, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - May 10, 2018
May 09, 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar @ Lyric Opera of Chicago
May 09, 2018 PLATO is the Most Powerful Organization in Dane County
May 08, 2018 Lecture: History and Future of Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area
May 07, 2018 A Walk around Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area
May 03, 2018 Walking the Parks and Trails of Dane County
April 27, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment”
April 27, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 18, 2018 Doubt: A Parable @ Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Cabot Theatre
April 17, 2018 Lecture: "Well-being and Resilience in Aging"
April 13, 2018 Art in Bloom 2018 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 08, 2018 Pullman Historic District Tour - Chicago
April 08, 2018 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner @ Court Theater, University of Chicago
March 23, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Science and Fake News”
March 23, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 14, 2018 One House Over @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
March 07, 2018 Clearing Misconceptions About ISLAM & Current Community Challenges
February 21, 2018 PLATO Spring Open House
February 18, 2018 Black Pearl Sings @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
February 16, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Understanding North-South Korea Relations and the Korean Missile Crisis”
February 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 14, 2018 Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear
February 08, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 30, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - January 2018
January 18, 2018 Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France @ Milwaukee Art Museum
January 17, 2018 Hurricanes, Wildfires & Climate Change . . . ?Cause & Effect???
January 14, 2018 Murder for Two @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
January 11, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 07, 2018 Chicago Museums a la Carte 2018 Field Trip
January 07, 2018 Hard Times @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
December 10, 2017 Moving Past Hate
December 06, 2017 Holmes and Watson @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
November 17, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 15, 2017 “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War”
October 27, 2017 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
October 25, 2017 The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 18, 2017 PLATO's 30th Anniversary
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 10, 2017 Fall Walk in Lakeshore Nature Preserve
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2017 A Fall Walk in Donald Park
September 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 17, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip, Chicago
September 17, 2017 Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
September 15, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 15, 2017 Our Amish Neighbors Farm and Community Tour
September 13, 2017 BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH: Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia
September 13, 2017 Bascom Hill History Tour
August 30, 2017 A Walk Along Koshkonong Creek in CamRock County Park
August 27, 2017 Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip, Chicago
August 27, 2017 Moby Dick @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
August 16, 2017 Three Sisters @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
August 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
June 23, 2017 Morning on the Terrace
June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
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
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 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 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
March 06, 2015 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
February 05, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
February 03, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

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