Upcoming events

    • June 02, 2017
    • October 27, 2017
    • 11 sessions
    • Various Places and Times
    • 20


    PLATO charges a $10 fee for most walks.  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.

    Tentative Walk Schedule

    1. May 5, morning:  Wilkie Gorge
    2. May 17, morning: Lake Farm Park - Before Annual Mtg
    3. June 2, morning: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
    4. June 12, morning: Lodi Marsh SNA
    5. June 30, Donald County Park
    6. July 12, morning: Lakeshore Nature Preserve
    7. July 24, morning: Pope Farm Conservancy
    8. Aug. 14, morning: Cherokee Marsh
    9. August 30, morning: Camrock County Park ,                                      Along Koshkonong Creek
    10. Sept. 13, morning: Bascom Hill History Tour
    11. Sept. 29, morning: Fall Walk in Donald Park
    12. Oct 10, morning. Fall Walk Lakeshore Nature                                     Preserve
    13. Oct. 27, afternoon: Madison History Tour, a Walk Through Forest Hills Cemetery.

    What to Expect on the Walks

    In general:

    • We are looking at parks and trails within Dane County.
    • The length of the walk will be upwards of 3 + miles, depending on terraine.
    • The walks will take 2 to 3 hours and may include a suggestion for lunch.  
    • The pace is meant to be appropriate for folks of retirement age who normally are not climbing hillsides and valleys as part of their normal exercise routines.
    • The description of the walks will include information that will help you assess the likelihood that you are up to the challenges of the walk.  There will be three factors mentioned:
    1. length of walk
    2. the quality of the path
    3. the elevation changes along the path

    Highlights of the Walk

    Most of the walks we've chosen this year will follow one of two themes:

    • The walk will feature terrain that has been shaped by the recent glaciers.  This may mean that the walk includes some hillside walking
    • The walk includes areas where archeological research indicates the life of PaleoIndians - dating, perhaps, as far back as 10,000 BC.
    • We will attempt to find a leader who is well informed about some aspect of the trail and we will allow time for this story to be told. 

    Driving and Parking Instructions

    • Information about driving and parking will be sent the week of the walk.
    • I will provide a google map that allows you to enter your starting location and provides detailed instructions on how to arrive at the trailhead.

    What to bring along on the walks.

      Things to bring and wear:

    • sunscreen
    • hat (perhaps an umbrella for the sun)
    • walking shoes
    • bottle of water or sports drink
    • perhaps long sleeve shirt and full length pants 

    About Ticks 

    I thought you might be interested in the following articles on how to reduce the risk of tick problems during our walks.  

    http://wisconsintrailguide.com/hiking/resources/safety-ticks.html

    http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/tips-for-hiking-in-tick-country/ 

     

     


    • September 29, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • State Highway 92 Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
    • 13


    Park Description:

    Donald County Park is a 775-acre park located southeast of Mt. Horeb off Highway 92, just west of Mt. Vernon. The park contains oak woods, intriguing rock outcroppings with scenic vistas and springs. The park is also known for its hiking & equestrian trails and three trout streams; Deer Creek, Frye Feeder and Mt. Vernon Creek.

    What to expect on the walk:

    • Created through the joint efforts of Dane County Parks, The Friends of Donald County Park, community volunteers and willing land owners the trails are well-marked and groomed hiking, multi-use and interpretive  trails.
    Microphone:

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

    Driving and Parking Information.Direction:

    Donald County Park is located in Dane County just 15 miles southwest of Madison. It is situated south of Highway 92 between Mount Horeb and Mount Vernon.

    Lunch following walk:

    Take part in a Wisconsin tradition—lunch in a tiny town Wisconsin tavern.  Marcine’s, in Mt. Vernon, just two miles down the road from Donald Park is unimpressive-looking, but the food makes this place fill up with local workers at lunch and families at dinner with daily specials in generous servings at reasonable prices. 

    • We will meet at:

    • Pop's Knoll entrance
    • State Highway 92
      Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
      Get Directions

    Additional Information:

    • 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.
    Please visit the Friends of Donald Park website for more park information.
    • October 04, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 13

    Join us Wednesday, October 4 as we kickoff the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Guys and Dolls.

    Tony Award-Winning Musical

    A Musical Fable of Broadway, based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon.

    Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

    Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

    Directed by Mark Clements

    Experience Guys and Dolls as you never have before, up close and personal in the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse. 

    After sold-out productions of Ragtime and Dreamgirls, Mark Clements reunites with Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear for a dazzling new production of Guys and Dolls. This celebrated musical comedy follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba.

    It's no surprise that it tops Entertainment Weekly's of "Greatest Musicals of All Time," as this granddaddy of American musicals has it all ~ show-stopping numbers, a timeless story, and some of the best show tunes ever, including "Luck Be a Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."It's a sure bet that you'll leave the theater with a smile on your face!

    Approximate Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Guys and Dolls webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 19) draws near. 

    Guys and Dolls 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 descend and ascend the aisle.  

    Rep In-Depth  an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-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. 

    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. 

          Independent  Study is Now Available    

    Rather spend a leisurely day exploring the stunning Milwaukee Art Museum while everyone else is in the theater? The PLATO bus will drop you off at 11:30 AM and pick you up at 3:30 PM. Enjoy lunch in lakefront Calatrava Cafe. Members $30/Guests $40.                                                            

    LUNCH is on your own*
    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops:
    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *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.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing eight distinctive eateries.


    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List


    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)


    There are a number of restaurants near the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep all within easy walking distance. 

    For list of restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and 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 AM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    11:30 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Art Museum (Independent Study)

    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      Guys and Dolls performance begins

    3:30 PM      Pick up stop at Milwaukee Art Museum     (Independent Study)

    4:00 PM      Guys and Dolls performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Guys and Dolls Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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

                                                                                                   



     



     

     

     

    • October 05, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Panera Bread, 3416 University Ave. (Shorewood)

    This event is open to all PLATO members and their guests interested in volunteerism. No registration is required.

    Volunteer Cafe

    Thursday, October 5, 2017, 3-5:00pm
    at Panera Bread, 3416 University Avenue
    • Are you a volunteer in our community?
    • Do you want to learn about volunteer opportunities?

    Come to the Volunteer Cafe to share your volunteer experiences or to learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities available. 

    **Our Guest Speaker, at 4 pm, will be from RSVP - the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County.

    Everyone is Welcome!

    Socialize -- Discuss -- Share -- Learn!

    Questions? Contact Pat Eaton, PLATO Diversity Committee, pat@sevillariders.com or 661-9532


    **NOTE:  Our originally scheduled speaker for Oct. 5th, Tami Fleming, founder of Friends of the State Street Family and Volunteer Director at the new Beacon Homeless Shelter has a scheduling conflict and is being re-booked for a future Volunteer Cafe.

    • October 10, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Frautschi Pt. parking lot on Lake Mendota Drive
    • 14


    This walk will include a number of trails as we discover Frautschi Point and rediscover Picnic Point.  We will be led by two knowledgeable guides, Patricia Becker (PLATO & Friends Group) and Gisela Kutzbach (Friends Group), who will inform us about the native American and early European use of the land as well as the geology, watershed as we walk along Lake Mendota shoreline and adjoining woodland.


    $10 Fee and Honorarium

    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.


    What to Expect on the Walk

    Quality of the Path/Walk

    Length of Walk

    The walk will be about a 3 mile walk.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours.  The length of the walk and the time it takes to complete the walk will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

    Quality of trail footing

    On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 2.0.

    Walk Difficulty

    A three mile walk along a several trails along mixed hilly and flat terrain.  There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails

    Microphone

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

    Driving and Parking Information will be emailed the week of the walk.  

    We will use the Frautschi Parking lot to start our walk. This will allow us to start at the top of the hill and walk downhill at picnic point.  We will leave a few cars at Picnic Point to return people to their cars.


    Highlights of the Walk

    Native Americans and the Preserve

    For more than 12,000 years, Native peoples have lived on the land that is today the UW-Madison campus. Evidence of this long human occupation is inscribed all across the campus landscape. Earthen burial mounds, including unique effigy forms constructed over 1000 years ago, can be visited in several parts of the Preserve. Learn about the more than 40 archaeological sites across campus.


    Geology

    In the Madison of 50,000 years ago, the Yahara River flowed sweetly at the bottom of a steep river valley perhaps as much as 600 feet deep. Resilient sandstone layers formed extensive ledges and spring fed streams issued from limestone caves to cascade to the river far below. Incredibly, a natural event of unimaginable scale literally wiped this entire ecosystem from the face of the Earth—glaciers.


     geology map of Dane County

    Watershed

    Hydrology and hydrologic process within and around the Preserve greatly influence the quality and health of its diverse biotic communities. Additionally, the Willow Creek Watershed—which is much larger than most people realize—has a substantial impact on the quality of water in Willow Creek and University Bay.


     Willow Creek watershed map

    Prairies

    Prairies are grasslands dominated by native grasses associated with a diverse assemblage of flowering herbaceous plants known as forbs. UW-Madison's Biocore Program has been carrying out tallgrass prairie restoration in the Preserve in the field between Picnic Point and the Eagle Heights Community Gardens since 1997.


     prescribed fire in Biocore Prairie

    Wetlands

    Wetlands have water at or just above the surface of the soil for much if not all of the year. Known for a distinctive set of plants, wetlands support a wide variety of animals, and provide essential services such as flood and stormwater abatement and water quality management. The Preserve has two major natural wetlands—Picnic Point Marsh and University Bay Marsh—as well as a wetland restoration, the Class of 1918 Marsh.


     sandhill cranes in Class of 1918 Marsh

    Woodlands

    The Woods in the Preserve typify the broadleaf forest common to relatively moist, upland sites in southern Wisconsin. You'll find a common set of tree species occupying the overstory throughout the woods, but the relative abundance of each varies with slope and aspect (the direction the slope faces). Common species include Bur oak, White oak, Northern red oak, Shagbark hickory, Slippery elm, Hackberry, White ash, Black cherry and Basswood.


    • October 11, 2017
    • Platteville and Potosi, WI
    • 17


    Join us on Wednesday, October 11 to visit two historic sites in Grant County Wisconsin. 

    The second week of October is typically the peak of fall colors in Southwest Wisconsin, so please enjoy the scenery as we travel across Dane, Iowa and Grant counties. 

    Our first stop is the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums in Platteville.  This includes a professionally guided tour of the Bevans Lead and Zinc mine dating from 1845 to include the underground mine (90 steps down), and above ground mining exhibits, indoor and outdoor.  

    The mine tour enters and leaves by a well-developed concrete stairway, 90 steps, with handrails.  This equals about 6 trips from a residential basement stairway or three full flights of stairs in a commercial building such as a hospital.  There is no elevator. 

    The mine is surprisingly “open” and developed, it is well lit, passages are not narrow and the ceilings are well-above head level.  But it is cool and damp inside, the floor is largely packed gravel and there may be drips of water from above.  

    Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing.  Please dress for the weather, per the forecast for Platteville WI on October 11, and for the mine, which is about 55 degrees.  We will spend very little time outdoors: a few minutes during the mining tour, crossing the road in Potosi and walking to and from the bus at two stops.  

    For those who do not wish to enter the mine, there is a virtual video tour in the museum area.

    The Jamison Museum hosts a collection of historic objects used by people in Southwest Wisconsin over 80 years; a walk through time.  

    There is also a small local art gallery in the building.  However, it is accessible only via a flight of stairs.

    Learn more about the Jamison Museum by visiting its website.


    Our next and final stop: Potosi Brewery Restaurant.  


    We will travel a short distance to Potosi, one of Wisconsin’s early towns, for lunch at the newly refurbished Potosi Brewery (1852) Restaurant followed by free time to visit the shops and small museums on the brewery grounds.    

    Potosi is one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin and it boasts the longest continuous main street in the United States. 

    We will be served a lunch in a private dining area of the old brewery with the Mayor of Potosi and local historian, Frank Fiorenza, our luncheon speaker.   

    Lunch at the brewery is a buffet consisting of hamburger, hot chicken or vegetarian sandwich, chips and house salad, coffee and water.  Other beverages, including Potosi beer and local wine, may be purchased at the bar.  

    After our meal you are free to browse the brewery area.  There is a small transportation museum and, at additional cost, an historic brewery museum.   

    Directly across the road is a restored saloon, a gift shop with coffee and ice cream parlor, and the tasting room of a local winery.  There is also a woodworker’s gallery and shop and a lovely garden.

    Discover more about the Potosi Brewery online.

    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 mine is accessed only by steps but a virtual tour is available. The Potosi Brewery area is fully accessible.   

    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.                    


    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 Platteville 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.

    Madison Schedule

    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

    7:45 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM     Arrives at Oakwood University Woods 

    8:20 AM    Departs for Platteville (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard


    Platteville/Pototsi Schedule

    9:50 AM   Arrive Jamison Mining Museum, Platteville

    1:00 PM  Arrive Potosi Brewery and Restaurant

    3:30 PM  Depart for Madison


    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    5:00 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    5:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    5:35 PM        East Towne Sears


    Platteville Mining Museum and Potosi Brewery Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For further information, Platteville/Potosi field trip organizer, Mike Roy, michaelroy@wisc.edu and 608-443-9563.


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • October 18, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI


    Our Celebration will Include:

    • Gerri DiMaggio - Madison's own jazz favorite and her quartet
    • Social hour with hot/cold appetizers, wine and other beverages
    • Get-acquainted-tables hosted by PLATO committees and activity groups
    • Presentations on the history of PLATO and preview of PLATO's new Strategic Plan.

    Click here for location/map of Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101  Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI.  The Lussier Center is located in a beautiful Dane County Park surrounded by native prairies, forests and on the shores of Lake Waubesa.

    To obtain driving directions to the Lussier Family Heritage Center, (enter your starting address in the top line and press enter) Click here to begin.

    Register Online OR click here for printable Mail-in Form (opens as pdf).

    • October 25, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 4


    Join us Wednesday, October 25 for our second play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with The Who and The What.

    A Brilliant New Play

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced and The Invisible Hand comes a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are.

    Growing up Muslim with her close-knit family in Atlanta, Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them.

    Called “a play not be missed” by the Chicago Tribune, The Who & The What is a passionate and searing look at a family divided by faith, bonded by love, and searching for truth in contemporary America.

    Crackles with intelligent truth. — Los Angeles Times

    Approximate Run Time: One hour and 40 minutes with one intermission (1:30 PM - 3:20 PM)

    Learn more by visiting The Who and The What webpage regarding the artists, video interview clips with the playwright, director and cast, as well as, rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 27) draws near. 

    The Who and The What will be staged in the intimate Stiemke Studio. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Stiemke Studio is handicapped accessible. However, handrail support is provided only on the outer aisles, not on the middle interior aisle.  

    Rep In-Depth  an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Stiemke Studio 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. 

    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. 

                                                                           


    SPECIAL PRE-LUNCH EVENT at the REP

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    The Friends of the Rep's Costume Closet showcases the extraordinary costumes created by The Rep's costume show wizards.

    Information and entertaining narration about the costumes' design, fabrics, and plays in which they were featured accompany each show. 

    This is a unique opportunity for our PLATO theatergoers to take a peek at a selection of exquisite costumes from favorite Milwaukee Repertory Theater productions.



    LUNCH is on your own*
    *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.

    11:30 AM - Following the Costume Closet Program, there are two lunch options.

    1) There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    For list of 18 restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.

    2) Board our Badger Bus for the short drive to the Milwaukee Public Market


    There are eight unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of 12 PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List



    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

    7:45 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:10 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:25 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

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

    In Milwaukee

    10:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep 

    10: 30 AM    Friends of the Rep 's Costume Closet Program begins

    11:30 AM Costume Closet Program ends and enjoy lunch at any of 18 nearby restaurants surrounding the Rep.

    11:30 AM Board bus for Milwaukee Public Market and any of the 12 Third Ward restaurants. (Note: there may not be enough time to enjoy lunch in the Third Ward and attend the 12:45 PM Rep In-Depth pretalk.

    1:00 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    1:30 PM      The Who and The What performance begins

    3:20 PM      The Who and The What performance ends

    3:20 PM - 3:40 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    3:40 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:10 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    5:30 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:00 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    The Who and The What Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • October 27, 2017
    • May 25, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Lake Edge Shopping Center, 4102 Monona Drive, Madison,WI
    • 50

    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   the new season will begin in October  and continue to be on the 4th Friday of each month thru May. 

    The breakfasts will be at 9:30 am 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. 

    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



    Visit Website


    Kaffeeklatsch

    The KaffeeKlatsch will replace Breakfast at Elie's during the summer from June through September.  The KaffeeKlatsch will meet twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

    Both the KaffeeKlatsch and Breakfast at Elie's are informal social get-togethers 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, these information gatherings will be a great chance to learn more about your organization, as well as, your new home environment.


     


    • October 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 17


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, October 25th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Oct. 27 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the September 15th Global Hotspots Lecture "U.S. - Russia Relations: Challenges & Opportunities" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • October 27, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • John Catlin Chapel, about one block up the cemetery road from the entrance.
    • 19


    Join us for a leisurely walk through Madison history as we draw close to All Hallows Eve.  Our leader will be Bruce Gregg, coordinator of the PLATO course, What in the World Happened. Forest Hill Cemetery, created by the City of Madison in 1857, is the final resting place for many of Madison’s and the University’s prominent citizens.  It also contains two military burial sites, one Confederate and one Union, for soldiers who died during the Civil War.  Serving as a memorial of even earlier residents, an effigy mound in the form of a goose is located on the southeast side of the cemetery.  You will find much more about Forest Hill at http://foresthill.williamcronon.net/

    The entrance to Forest Hill is at 1 Speedway, near the intersection with Regent St.  We will convene at the John Catlin Chapel, about one block up the cemetery road from the entrance.  You may park cars along that road.  Expect to walk, rain or shine, unless there are electrical storms or tornado warnings.  Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.  The pace will be leisurely but terrain may get uneven in some places.

    Refreshments following walk:

    Following the walk we will refresh ourselves in the Chapel with apple cider and cookies.

    Fee and Donation:

    Fee collected from this walk will be donated to the Forest Hill Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc.


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 1.0.  

    Quality of trail footing

    On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 1.5.

    Walk Difficulty

    A one hour walk along a grassy paths and paved roadways.  There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The paths are handicap accessible.  They will be more manageable with someone to assist you. Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails

    Microphone

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering his message as clearly as possible.


    • November 05, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 52

    Join us Sunday, November 5 for our third play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Souvenir performed in true cabaret fashion.

    A "Pitch Perfect" Tribute

    Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” And, oh, did she sing – often and loudly, but rarely on key. Her recitals brought her a legion of die-hard fans, and she capped her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that famously sold out in two hours. Her story was recently told in an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep. 

    Time Out calls Souvenir “a memorable illustration of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold.” Souvenir is a charming and hilarious musical comedy that reminds us that you can achieve anything when you set your mind to it.

    “There Aren’t Many Theatrical Experiences As Good As Souvenir!" — The Boston Globe

    Written by Stephen Temperly

    Directed by Laura Braza

    Approximate Run Time: Two hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Milwaukee Rep's Souvenir webpage regarding the artists, video interview clips with the playwright, director and cast, as well as, rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 8) draws near. 

    Souvenir will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level tables and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    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. 

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *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.


    11:30 AM - Milwaukee Public Market

    There are eight unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.


    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of 12 PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List


    11:45 AM - Milwaukee Rep

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    For list of 18 restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.


    1:00 PM - Stackner Cabaret Restaurant

    Pre-matinee abridged menu available and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    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

    9:00 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    9:25 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:40 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:50 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:45 AM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    1:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Souvenir performance begins

    4:00 PM      Souvenir performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Souvenir Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • November 17, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 20


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture. FOR NOV. 17 ONLY - Lecture will be held at One Alumni Place - the exciting new UW Alumni Association venue.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, November 15th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Nov. 17 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the November 17th Global Hotspots Lecture "Special Edition of G.H.S.: Global Impact - Alumni in Action" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • December 06, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 47


    Join us Wednesday, December 6 for the fourth play in the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Holmes and Watson.


    Midwest Premiere

    Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes, and charlatans who have popped up all over the world claiming to be Sherlock Holmes following his “death” at Reichenbach Falls. Watson travels to a remote mental asylum where three men have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective and matching his physical description.

    Watson must confront the men and figure out which one is the real Holmes. This thrilling new drama, by the celebrated writer of the movies Mr. Holmes and Stage Beautyis next up in our series of popular mysteries like The Mousetrap and The 39 Steps.

    By Jeffrey Hatcher
    Directed By Joseph Hanreddy

    “Nowadays it is rare to encounter a genuine writer in the theater—someone…who has a genuine feel for language. So when such a thing comes along, it’s exciting…Hatcher’s voice is one I want to hear again soon." — NY Daily News

    Video Preview (1:34)

    Meet the Cast of "Holmes and Watson" (1:33)

    Director Joseph Hanreddy on "Holmes and Watson" (1:39)

    Approximate Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)

    Talk Back:

    We will join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.


    Learn more by visiting the Holmes and Watson webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (November 14) draws near. 

    Holmes and Watson 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 descend and ascend the aisle.  

    Rep In-Depth  an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-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. 

    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.                                                                        

    LUNCH is on your own*
    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops:
    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *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.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing eight distinctive eateries.


    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List


    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)


    There are a number of restaurants near the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep all within easy walking distance. 

    For list of restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.


    Rep Speaker Luncheon is back!

    The Rep Speaker Matinee Lunch is a buffet consisting of soup du jour, mixed green salad, seasonal fruit, assorted finger sandwiches (egg salad, ham & cheese, tuna salad + 1 chef’s choice), warm rolls, and assorted cookies and bars.  Beverages include regular and decaf coffee and assorted teas. 

    It is held in the adjoining Intercontinental Hotel,   Cash bar is available. Lunch will be served buffet style from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM. A member of the Rep’s creative team will discuss a particular feature of the production. 

    Cost: TBA

    Pay at the door with cash or credit card.

    Note: Registration is required 
    Register by contacting Sara Blohowiak at sarablohowiak@intercontinentalmilwaukee.com, or 414-291-4790.


    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 AM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants and Rep Speaker Luncheon.

    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      Holmes and Watson performance begins

    3:00 PM      Holmes and Watson performance ends

    3:15 PM     Talk Back begins

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Holmes and Watson Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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

                                                                                                   



     



     

     

     

    • 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
    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 49
    Join us Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for this spectacular production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    It may be nearly a year away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

    We have 56 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

    Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)


    LYRIC PREMIERE & NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

    One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. 

    As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!

    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice In Association with The Really Useful Group Limited Production by The Regent's Park Theatre London



    Meet the ARTISTS

    Video Preview (1:07)


    Lyric Opera of Chicago:

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    The Lyric
    (W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

    A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

    Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

    Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck.

    Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

    One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 

    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

    6:45 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:15 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:35 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:55 AM    Depart for Chicago using Interstate 90 (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM Jesus Christ Superstar performance begins

    3:30 PM   Jesus Christ Superstore performance ends and begin boarding

    3:50 PM    Estimated departure for Madison


    Arrive Madison (Est)

    6:30 PM East Towne Sears

    6:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    7:00 PM Oakwood Village West


    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.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility 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. 


    Jesus Christ Superstar Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

Past events

September 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
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 29, 2017 PLATO Night in Sun Prairie
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 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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