List of Upcoming Events (printable; opens as pdf)
updated 1/2/2019

Upcoming events

    • June 14, 2019
    • August 23, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    Breakfast Get-Togethers 
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on UW-Madison Campus 


    Make new friends & meet other PLATO members while having a beverage and a bite of breakfast!

    2nd Friday @ The University Club  and 

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall"

         803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
        (Library Mall west of Univ. Book Store)


    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month.
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University Club, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall" 
    • Ask for the PLATO breakfast location
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

     &

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace


    Memorial Union Terrace:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Meet in the area behind the Rathskellar at the Terrace
    • Hot breakfasts available or bakery and bagels, coffee, tea, ice cream, and more inside the Union!
    • Go to the Memorial Union website for Parking & other Terrace info
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone:
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

    • June 26, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 0
    Registration is closed

                         Jeanne (Spring), 1881  

    6/20/2019 - We have had some cancellations so sign up on the waitlist and there is a good chance there will be space on the bus.  You can also contact the trip leader, Bob Shaw at 608-255-3486 or robert.e.shaw@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    The first Art Institute exhibition devoted exclusively to Édouard Manet in over 50 years focuses on the transformation of the artist’s style in his later years.

    By the late 1870s, when this exhibition begins, Édouard Manet had become recognized as a painter of modern life. He had long looked to historical subjects and style for inspiration but in the 1870s grew more and more immersed in the now—eventually proposing a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity. While he continued to pursue highly finished, heroically scaled paintings intended for the Salon throughout these later years (a time also marked by health problems and limited mobility), he simultaneously approached smaller works more fluidly and spontaneously, taking up pastel and watercolor while unapologetically embracing beauty and visual pleasure.

    Boating, 1874-75

    This exhibition is the first to focus on this important period in the artist’s career, bringing together an impressive array of portraits of fashionable women as well as intimate male friends. Supplementing this display are the delicate and rarely seen letters Manet wrote to his friends, featuring exquisite illustrations of fruits and flowers; garden pictures, which themselves often feature fashionable women; and flower studies, consummate expressions of Manet’s colorist art at the end of his life.

     Autumn (Méry Laurent), 1881 or 1882       Flowers in a Crystal Vase, about 1882


    Through over 70 paintings, pastels, and works on paper, Manet and Modern Beauty illustrates the late flowering of Manet’s talent.   Manet and Modern Beauty has been co-organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the J. Paul Getty Museum where it is going after the Chicago exhibition.

                           In the Conservatory, About 1877-1879                                  


    The registration fee ($83 for PLATO members and $98 for PLATO guests) includes admission to the Art Institute, special admission charge for the Manet exhibition, and a 45-minute seated slide lecture on the Manet exhibition.

    We will be at the Art Institute for 5 1/2 hours which will give you time for lunch and see works in the permanent collection and other exhibitions. 

    To learn more about the Manet exhibition, go to Manet and Modern Beauty

    Other exhibitions on display during our visit include:

    Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground

    Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects

    Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

    The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster

    PHOTOGRAPHY + PHOTOGRAPHY Iconic: Photographs from the Robin and Sandy Stuart Collection

    Click for Museum Map

    Click for Museum Gift Shops

    Bus Only Independent Study Option

    We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option.  This option does not include admission to the Art Institute, the Manet exhibition, or the special lecture. 

     

    We are offering the Bus Only Option because many PLATO members are also members of the Art Institute of Chicago and admission to the museum and the Manet exhibition is free to Art Institute members. 


    Please note:  if you choose the bus only option, you will not be able to attend the 45-minute seated Manet lecture as that is a special lecture only for PLATO members and guests paying for the complete package.  We asked if AIC members could purchase a lecture ticket separately and the answer was no.


    If you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own without going to the Art Institute, you can also choose the bus only option.  The bus will only make one stop – at the Art Institute.


    The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $45 and for Guests it is $55.

    Lunch

    Lunch is on your own.

    Click for Museum Dining Options

    If you want to eat at a nearby restaurant, here are some suggestions:

    Where to Eat Near The Art Institute of Chicago

    Restaurants near The Art Institute of Chicago from TripAdvisor

    Best Restaurants Near Art Institute from Yelp

    Restaurants near Art Institute from OpenTable

    Restaurants near Art Institute from UrbanSpoon

    Itinerary   

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

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

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

    Leave Madison

    6:20 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    6:30 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:00 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding

    7:20 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

    7:30 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

    Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute

    11:15-Noon  Seated slide lecture featuring the Manet Exhibition

    3:50 PM      Begin boarding for return trip

    4:00 PM      Depart for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    7:15 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:30 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:50 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

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

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

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.


    For further information contact Manet Exhibition Trip Organizers:

    Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com - 608-255-3486

    Janet Cabot - jbcabot52@gmail.com - 608-280-1067

     
    • July 11, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 12
    Register


    Join us Thursday, July 11 for Frankenstein, staged in the intimate Lookingglass Theater located within the Water Tower Water Works. And brought to you by same creative team that produced the phenomenal Moby Dick.

    Written and Directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin

    From the Book Written by Mary Shelley

    Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which?

    An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This Gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life—and destroy it—awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.

    Fresh from the brain of Ensemble Member David Catlin, creator of Moby Dick and Lookingglass Alice, comes a galvanic adaptation of this undying story. See for yourself this latest invention come to shocking life!

    Learn more about the Frankenstein production on its webpage including: artist/cast bios and video clips:
    Frankenstein Reviews (13)

    Run Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes with one 15-minute intermission



    Lookingglass Theatre:

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    Lookingglass Theatre
    (N. Michigan Ave & E. Pearson St)

    A few suggestions

    Driehaus Museum (Chicago's Downton Abbey)

    Free Noon Tour, Great Gift Shop, MCA Cafe

    Water Tower Place Shopping and Dining

    Lookingglass Theatre Restaurant Partners

    Other Nearby Restaurants

    PLATO Group Lunch Option
    Available to those who want to join the trip, 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. 

    Frankenstein group lunch will be at the close and convenient Mity Nice Bar and Grill.


    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

    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:40 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place and Mity Nice Bar and Grill for group lunch.

    11:20 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago

    11:30 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:45 AM Arrive Museum of Science and Industry  

    2:00 PM   Frankenstein performance begins

    3:30 PM Pick up Museum of Science and Industry

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago

    4:30 PM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

    4:45 PM   (Est) Frankenstein performance ends

    4:45 PM - 5:05 PM    Boarding preparation period 

    5:05 PM     Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    Arrive Madison (Est)

    8:00 PM East Towne Sears

    8:15 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:35 PM Oakwood University Woods


    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. 

    The Lookingglass Theatre is handicap accessible. Each aisle has row handrail support for more easily ascending and descending the seating area.


    Frankenstein Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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


    • July 11, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 12
    Register


    Enjoy a summer day in the Windy City on your own or with a friend. We will be making four stops from which to begin your Chicago adventure. In addition to the always popular premier museums, you will be able to explore Navy Pier and its many attractions including connections to local hop-on bus and water tours. Come join the fun!

    1st Stop: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum

    2nd Stop: Navy Pier

    3rd Stop and Final Stop: Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquariam and Adler Planetarium

    4th Stop:  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum


    Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago


    MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitionsperformances, and programs will inspire you.

    Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.

    In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

    Address: 220 East Chicago Avenue (Map)

    Walking Map: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago <=> Driehaus Museum

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Maripol Restaurant: 10 AM-2:30 PM

    Learn more by exploring the MCA website.  


    Driehaus Museum


    Often referred to as Chicago's Downton Abbey, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson and his wife, Mathilda Pinkham Crosby Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year restoration effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors.

    Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as George A. Schastey and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    The Museum is a premier example of historic preservation, offering visitors an opportunity to experience through its architecture, interiors, collection, and exhibitions how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects, and designers at the waning of the 19th-century and the dawn of the 20th-century.

    Located at 40 East Erie Street within easy walking distance of Water Tower Place and  Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago.

    Address: 40 East Erie Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago <=> Driehaus Museum

    Tickets: $15.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Driehaus Museum website.


    Navy Pier


    Originally completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham's plan for Chicago, Navy Pier is an iconic city landmark inspiring discovery and wonder. Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million visitors have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. As Navy Pier enters its second century, the venue is evolving into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

    Explore Things To Do In Chicago At Navy Pier

    Restaurants and Dining

    Navy Pier Map

    Address: 600 East Grand Avenue 

    Learn More From The Navy Pier Website


    Field Museum


    The Field Museum is located at Museum Campus, near the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.  It is named after Chicago’s favorite retailer, Marshall Field, who gave a $1m gift to establish the museum.  It first opened in 1894 in the former Palace of Fine Arts Building, and moved to its present site in 1921.  In 1962, the museum hosted the first exhibition of “Tutankhamen Treasures.”  In 2000, SUE, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T.rex ever discovered, was unveiled to the public.  In 2011, the museum’s bathroom was voted the best in the country. Recently, Maximo the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur that ever lived can be viewed.

    Address: 1400 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $21 (depending on the number of special exhibits included)

    Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Two restaurants on-site

    Learn more from the Field Museum website.


    Shedd Aquarium 


    The Shedd houses an indoor public aquarium that first opened in 1930.  It was a gift to Chicago by John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field.  Located on Lake Michigan, it is part of Museum Campus which includes the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.  Several of the sea otters that lived in the aquarium in the past were rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.  The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.  It is one of the most popular museums in Chicago.

    Address: 1200 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets: $39.95 (Senior discount of $3 taken on-site) 

    Hours: Sundays 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Three restaurants, coffee shop and popcorn kiosk onsite

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs and walkers

    Learn more from the  Shedd Aquarium website.


    Adler Planetarium


    The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics.  It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.  It is part of Museum Campus that includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.  It is home to three theaters, extensive space science exhibitions and the Doane Observatory. The observatory is one of the only public urban observatories in the U.S.

    Address: 1300 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $12.00 plus, depending on number of special shows included

    Hours: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

    One restaurant on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Adler Planetarium website.


    Art Institute of Chicago


    Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S.  The original building was constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing, pictured above, opened in 2009.  The famous western entrance on Michigan Avenue is guarded by two bronze lion statues created by Edward Kerneys.  The lions each weigh more than two tons.  The museum’s east entrance is marked by the stone arch entrance to the old Chicago Stock Exchange designed by Louis Sullivan.

    West Entrance Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue (Map)

    North Entrance Address: 159 East Monroe Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets:  $19.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

    Three restaurants on-site

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Art Institute website.


    Chicago Cultural Center


    Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.

    In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

    Address: 78 East Washington Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets: Free Admission

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Chicago Cultural Center website


    American Writers Museum


    A National Museum Celebrating American Writers

    The American Writers Museum celebrates the breadth of American writing through interactive exhibits and programming that honors the past, promotes the present and inspires the future of writing in the United States. 

    New York Times Feature Article:  An Everyman Museum to Celebrate American Writers

    Address: 180 North Michigan Avenue (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the American Writers Museum website



    Chicago Museum a la Carte Trip Tips

    After you decide which museum(s) you want to visit, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance.  This will save you time spent standing in line.  Some of the museums have long lines on the weekends. 

    All of the museums have good accessibility and onsite dining.

    Wear sensible, comfortable and be prepared for much walking with the museum and between museums.

    Bring along your seated four-wheel walker to provide more range and stability for sustained exploring.

    See the trip itinerary below for the schedule of museum stops.



    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 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
    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:45 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago
    11:00 AM  Arrive Water Tower Water Works for Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum

    11:20 AM Arrive Navy Pier

    11:35 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:45 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Musuem

    4:15 PM pick up at Navy Pier

    4:30 PM Pick up Water Tower Water Works for Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago and Driehaus Museum and depart for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:50 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:10 PM Oakwood University Woods

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

    Chicago Museums a la Carte and Navy Pier Summer 2019 Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions):


    For further information, contact Chicago Museums a la Carte and Navy Pier Summer 2019  field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741

    • July 23, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Trempleau, Wisconsin
    • 17
    Register

     

     

    Join us as we visit three archeologically significant sites in Trempealeau Wisconsin.

     

     

     

    The Trempealeau Interpretive Path (TRIP) (http://tremptrip.com) traces the cultural history of this area back more than 13,000 years.  Our guides will be archaeologists Danielle Benden and Ernie Boszhardt.

    Our first stop in Trempealeau will be at the Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library.  We will view authentic artifacts from the prehistoric Mississippian settlement and learn how people lived here in past millennia and review the archaeological excavations that have taken place across the village.  Ernie and Danielle will share a short presentation that outlines the community archaeology excavations that they have directed across the village since 2010 and that continue today.  Next, we will walk up the Little Bluff Mounds Trail to reveal how and when the Mississippian platform mounds were built.  Little Bluff served as the central spiritual center of this community of Mississippians who came here from their homeland of Cahokia. The bluff provides us a wonderful view of the village, the Mississippi River, and  lock and dam #6. 

    Next our bus takes us a short distance to Perrot State Park where we will have our picnic lunches at the park shelter located on the shores of the Mississippi followed by a visit to the indoor Nature Center, housing the interpretive path’s largest exhibit.  Ernie and Danielle will interpret regional geology, plants and animals, and explain how these influenced the very early and then later settlers to Trempealeau.  The 13,000 year human history is seen here in exhibits, illustrations, a 3-dimensional map and reproductions and original prehistoric artwork.  Time permitting, our guides will demonstrate flint knapping which is the skill of making prehistoric tools and weapons.  Weather and time permitting, we may have an opportunity to observe "shovel testing", a method of testing whether or not an area contains artifacts. 

    Accessibility: You must climb steps to board and exit the bus. Wear comfortable walking shoes.  The Trempealeau Library and Perrot State Park Nature Center are accessible on paved or unpaved lawn, open park and yard areas,   The walk to the top of Little Bluff is an easy to moderate 10 minute hike so it is relatively accessible and an easy approach. Walking to and across Little Bluff is uneven and roughly mowed grass.  We can arrange for a ride to the top if needed. 

     

    Some Housekeeping Information

    • Please note you should bring your own picnic lunch and drink as well as snacks for the bus trip.  There is not time to visit a restaurant.

    • We plan to bring a cooler in which you may keep those portions of your lunch that require chilling; and you might also bring a small insulated lunch bag with ice-pack and include snacks and drinks for yourself  on the bus.  It is a long day and it can be warm in late July. 

    • Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing.  Please dress for the weather; please check the forecast for La Crosse WI on July 23.  We are near the Mississippi River and it is summer, so you might bring insect repellent, a hat, comfortable shoes, a raincoat or umbrella and sun block.   The bus can be cool in some areas, so bring a warm outer garment. 

    • Restrooms: On the bus, at the library, in the Village Community Center, at Perrot State Park (vault toilets, near the shelter and Nature Center). So, during much of our trip we should be within one-hundred feet of a toilet.

    Itinerary

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

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

    Estimated Trip Schedule:

    Leave Madison 

    Begin Boarding Oakwood West: 6:45 AM

    Depart Oakwood West: 7:00 AM

    Depart Capitol Lakes: 7:20 AM

    Depart East Towne Sears: 7:45 AM

    In Trempealeau 

    Arrive Trempealeau Memorial Library: 10:00 AM

    Walk on Little Bluff Mounds Trail from 11:30

    Your Sack Lunch at Perrot State Park: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

    Nature Center at Perrot State Park: 1:30 PM

    Return to Madison (estimate) 

    Depart for Madison: 4:00 PM

    Arrive East Towne Sears: 6:30 PM

    Arrive Capitol Lakes: 6:45 PM

    Arrive Oakwood West: 7:00 PM

     

     

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

    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.

          
    REGISTER online OR use this Mail-In Registration Form: Trempealeau July 23, 2019

    For further information:  contact Trempealeau Trip Organizer Mike Roy at michaelroy@wisc.edu  and 608-443-9563.       

                

    Our Guides:  

    Danielle Benden and Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt, co-directors of a long-term archaeology project in Trempealeau, Wisconsin have for over ten years excavated, catalogued, and researched the unique 1,000-year-old early Middle Mississippian outpost at Trempealeau. Today, they continue this discovery through public archaeology and outreach, especially through the Trempealeau Interpretive Path (TRIP). They have collaborated on a variety of other archaeological projects in the Driftless Area, and offer tours to archaeological sites throughout Wisconsin.

    Through Driftless Pathways, a small, family-owned, business founded by Danielle and Ernie in 2016, they share their expertise in Wisconsin archaeology and museum curation by offering unique archaeological site tours, curation training and professional development, and museum consulting services.
    Before opening Driftless Pathways, Danielle served as a museum director and held the position of curator in the anthropology collections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has chaired national curation committees and is the current chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Museums,
     Collections, and Curation.  Ms. Benden hosts regional seminars and national webinars for audiences ranging from local, volunteer-run museums to professionals looking to gain new practical skills in an ever-changing field. She has directed archaeological field projects, designed and overseen upgrades to curation facilities, and enhancements of museum collections and published her work in national and regional outlets.

    Ernie has practiced archaeology in the Driftless Area for decades, including nearly 30 years with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and, since 2010, as an independent researcher. He has published numerous articles and several books that touch upon nearly every aspect of archaeology in the region. He regularly speaks at local civic organizations and leads site tours.

    *************************

    Background Information

    The Little Bluff Interpretive Path is shown at: www.tremptrip.com

    The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center has the best website for an overview of the archaeology of the Upper Mississippi Valley: http://mvac.uwlax.edu/PreEuropeanPeople/  Here, you can click on each cultural tradition to learn the basics for each period of time.

    Some websites you might wish to visit before our trip are:

     Perrot SP

    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/perrot/;

    Trempealeau County and Village:

    http://www.trempealeauwi.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trempealeau_County,_Wisconsin

    http://www.travelwisconsin.com/southwest/trempealeau-county/trempealeau 

    Trempealeau Hotel

    http://www.trempealeauhotel.com

    Lock & Dam Number 6:  https://www.johnweeks.com/river_mississippi/pagesL/missLD06.html

    Cahokia

    http://cahokiamounds.org/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahokia)

    *************************

     

     

     

     

    • August 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    The Wait is Over!

    We have finally worked through to the end of PLATO Hamilton Chicago Theater Trip Wait List, and we have been at it for nearly three years.

    Hamilton Chicago tickets are now more plentiful than ever and have come down in price. This is the best time to join your PLATO friends and discover why the Hamilton Chicago production has been consistently rated the best in the Midwest.

    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 Balcony)

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own

    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)

    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    ~  ~  ~   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 the 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 require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The CIBC Theatre Balcony 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: An American Musical Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form

    For further information, contact Nancy McClements at nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478.

    • August 21, 2019
    • Sheboygan and Kohler
    • 27
    Register

    John Michael Kohler Arts Center

    A nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is devoted to innovative explorations in contemporary American art. Its exhibitions focus on a wide range of art forms, with particular emphasis on sculpture, photography, crafts, new genres, installation art, ongoing folk traditions, and the work of self-taught artists.  The center has ten galleries, a theater, performance and meeting spaces, studio-classrooms, an all ages/all abilities activity space known as The ARTery, an on-site retail shop called ARTspace, and a cafe named ARTcafe.

    We will spend 2 1/4 hours at the Kohler Arts Center..  There will be a one-hour docent led tour and you will have the rest of the time to explore on your own.

    Exhibitions featured during our visit include:

    ___________________________

    Collective Consciousness: Mark Baum


    Born in 1903 in what is now Poland, Mark Baum (1903-1997) used painting as a mechanism to document and examine the changing philosophical and technological concerns of the twentieth century.  Collective Consciousness is the first museum exhibition of Baum’s enigmatic oeuvre and will include representative paintings from each phase of his fifty-year practice.

    ___________________________

    The Autotopographers


    In a 1995 essay, art historian Jennifer Gonzalez coined the term "autopography" to articulate the ways in which aspects of biography can be revealed in the creation of one's environment. Selected for their compelling ability to blend autobiography, history, and contemporary art practices, the artists participating in the exhibition use a variety of methodologies and materials to explore aspects of the self.

    ___________________________

    Dr. Charles Smith - Aurora


    The Arts Center draws from its renowned collection of artist-built environments to present more than 150 works by Dr. Charles Smith, most of which have not been on view since the dismantling of his Aurora, Illinois, environment in 1999.

    ___________________________

    Beauty Surplus: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

    Brooklyn-based artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (NY) is interested in the intersections of site-specific architecture and interdependent ecosystems.For her Open House Project installation, Fels investigates the architecture of the historic John Michael Kohler home and proposes interrelated sculptural forms that suggest change and transformation. Each room of the John Michael Kohler house galleries will be altered through a variety of ecologically inspired interventions.

    ___________________________

    Washrooms

    The John Michael Kohler Arts Center draws as many visitors to its famed washrooms as it does to its art exhibitions. These six gorgeous spaces—each commissioned to a different resident artist—are meant to symbolize the connection between art and industry. The Kohler Co. gave the artists full rein of its shops and foundries to explore new techniques in pottery, iron, enamel, and brass. The results are on permanent display (and use) in various wings of the center. Matt Nolen’s Social History of Architecture has a hand-glazed, floor-to-ceiling mural chronicling the history of architecture, while Ann Agee’s east men’s room is tiled in blue and white and centers on a theme of water.

    Kohler Design Center


    The Kohler Design Center is the Kohler Company museum showcase of product design.  The main floor showcases the products of the companies that comprise the Kohler family of businesses.  It features Kohler's own "great wall of china", a floor-to-ceiling display of plumbing fixtures in all shapes, sizes and colors.  In the lower level is an arts gallery developed by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. 

    From a recent review on TripAdvisor: "This design center is a blast...........just to see all the latest in faucets, bathroom fixtures and how they are laid out is fascinating and gives you wonderful ideas if planning to remodel or build a home. And, of course, you have to see the Wall of China.  And, in the lower level, is the history of the Village of Kohler and a sampling of what is exhibited at the Kohler Arts Center in downtown Sheboygan. A truly fun and enlightening place to visit."

    You will have 45 minutes to explore the Design Center on your own.


    James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden


    The James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden is nestled in the Town of Wilson woods just south of Sheboygan. This site, cared for by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, is dotted with sculptures loosely connected by a woodland path.

    James Tellen (1880–1957) was inspired to create his sculptures after a stay recuperating at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. He spent time gazing out his window at the yard of the Holy Name Church across the street where there were intriguing grottos built of rounded stones with statues of the Virgin Mary and other holy figures. A devout Catholic, Tellen was receptive to the power of these figures integrated in a natural setting. Uniting his interest in art, nature, and religion, Tellen decided to tackle large-scale sculpting, using concrete rather than marble or stone to mold his outdoor pieces.

    You will have 30 minutes to explore the sculpture garden on your own.  If it is raining we will skip the garden and return to Madison after the John Michael Kohler Art Museum.

    Lunch at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler


    You will have one hour for lunch on your own at the Shops at Woodlake Center at Kohler.   Dining is available at Cucina, Craverie Chocolatier Café, Brewed Awakening, and Woodlake Market Atrium Café.

    Itinerary   

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

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

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

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    7:45 AM     Departs Oakwood

    8:10 AM     Departs Capitol Lakes

    8:30 AM     Departs East Towne Sears                                    

    Kohler

    10:30 AM     Arrives at Kohler Design Center

    11:30 AM     Arrives at Shops at Woodlake Center

    12:30 PM     Departs for Sheboygan

    Sheboygan

    12:45 PM    Arrives at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

    1:00 PM      One-hour docent-led tour of the Arts Center

    3:00 PM      Departs for James Tellen Sculpture Garden

    3:45 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:45 PM      Arrives at East Towne Sears

    6:15 PM      Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    6:35 PM      Arrives at Oakwood Village West

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

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

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:  All Kohler Trip Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    For further information contact Kohler Trip Organizer

    Martha Zydowsky mzydowsky@gmail.com - 608-213-6907



     

Past events

June 13, 2019 Architectural and Landscape Beauty: A tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House & Anderson Japanese Gardens
June 10, 2019 Walk the Woods of Donald Park
June 02, 2019 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 02, 2019 Next to Normal (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
May 29, 2019 Walk Through Quarry and Hoyt Parks
May 22, 2019 West Side Story @ Lyric Opera of Chicago
May 17, 2019 Tour the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area with its Founders
May 08, 2019 2019 PLATO Annual Meeting & Buffet Lunch
May 07, 2019 Spring Walk Through Turville Point Conservation Park
May 05, 2019 Two Trains Running @ Milwaukee Rep at Quadracci Powerhouse
May 01, 2019 From Military Facility to Green Space: The Amazing Transformation of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant
April 26, 2019 Global Hotspots:“American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment”
April 26, 2019 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 17, 2019 Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 3 @ CIBC Theatre, Chicago
April 14, 2019 Chicago Museums a la Carte Spring 2019 Field Trip
March 28, 2019 Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Campus Field Trip - Racine
March 26, 2019 Book Talk: "The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin - Voices of Early Settlers"
March 22, 2019 Global Hotspots:“Viral Markets: Economics, the Environment, and Emerging Disease in the 20th Century"
March 22, 2019 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 12, 2019 Madison’s Gail Ambrosius and her Award winning chocolate business
March 10, 2019 Mark Twain's River of Song @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
February 22, 2019 Global Hotspots:“In Harm's Way: The Changing Landscape of War Reporting in the 21st Century”
February 22, 2019 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 20, 2019 PLATO Spring 2019 Open House
February 06, 2019 Junk @ Milwaukee Rep at Quadracci Powerhouse
January 13, 2019 The All Night Strut @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
December 05, 2018 LUNCH prior to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
December 05, 2018 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
November 16, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Human Trafficking and Slavery in Japan”
November 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 14, 2018 Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 2 @ CIBC Theatre, Chicago
November 13, 2018 Lecture: "Midterm Election Results & Implications."
November 09, 2018 Engaging Shaw @ American Players Theatre
November 08, 2018 The Power to Change Lives
October 31, 2018 Walk: Stewart Lake County Park
October 17, 2018 Lecture: "Midterm Elections 2018: Wisconsin and the Nation."
October 14, 2018 Walk: Olin Park, Turville Point Conservation Park
October 10, 2018 In The Heights @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 03, 2018 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
September 26, 2018 Walk: Lakeshore Nature Preserve: Effigy Mounds and Bird Migration
September 20, 2018 PLATO Fall Open House
September 16, 2018 Songs for Nobodies @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
September 14, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Global Health in Obstetrics & Gynecology: Engagement, Outreach, and Opportunities”
September 14, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2018 2018/19 PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers
September 12, 2018 Volunteer Cafe: Madison-area Urban Ministry
September 08, 2018 Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow 2018 Field Trip
September 05, 2018 Lecture: “The Science of the Origin of Life”
August 29, 2018 John Singer Sargent & Chicago's Gilded Age Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
August 28, 2018 Walk: Schumacher Farm Park
August 14, 2018 Born Yesterday @ American Players Theatre
August 13, 2018 Walk: Edna Taylor Conservancy & Aldo Leopold Nature Center
July 25, 2018 Walk: Pleasant Valley Conservancy SNA
July 13, 2018 Sculpture Milwaukee and Bastille Days Festival
July 12, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
July 11, 2018 As You Like It @ American Players Theatre
July 09, 2018 Walk: Indian Lake County Park
June 19, 2018 Walk: Pleasant Valley Conservancy SNA
June 14, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
June 13, 2018 Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 1 @ CIBC Theatre, Chicago
June 10, 2018 Buried Child @ Writers Theatre
June 10, 2018 Halim Time & Glass Museum/Bahá'í Temple Field Trip - Evanston/Wilmette
June 08, 2018 PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers
June 06, 2018 Walk the (new) Lower Yahara River Trail
May 29, 2018 2018 PLATO Annual Meeting & Buffet Lunch
May 23, 2018 Importance of Early Childhood Learning and Its Influence on Success Throughout Life
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 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 13, 2017 PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
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 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
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 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 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 09, 2016 Walk Indian Lake County Park
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 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 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 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 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 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
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
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

In partnership with




Donate

Please Help

Make a onetime or recurring,
tax deductible contribution.


For more info about PLATO contact:

PLATO Office Operations, ATTN: Edie or Louise
c/o UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715

Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Website by 34fiveSolutions.com

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software