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

Upcoming events

    • September 14, 2018
    • May 24, 2019
    • 17 sessions
    Breakfast 
    Get-Togethers
    On
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on Campus and East Side


    NOTE:

    NEW LOCATION STARTING APRIL 26, 2019:

    On the fourth Friday of each month we will meet at the Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery.  More information follows: 


    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members and folks there for a cup of coffee. 

    2nd Friday @ The University Club

    and 

    4th Friday @ Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


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

    • 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)
    • Location of University Club: 
    803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    On the Library Mall

    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.

    com or 608 280 8050

     

    4th Friday @ Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery 


    Eastside Breakfast at Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery
    • Full service, casual, upbeat, family-friendly restaurant. 
    • Daisy Cafe's website with full menu and "cupcake flavors of the day" (baked fresh that morning) can be found at https://daisycafeandcupcakery.com/
    • Parking: Parking is available in the Cafe's surface lot.  Street parking is available but it may entail a walk of a few blocks.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Location of Restaurant: 
          2827 Atwood Ave.
          Madison, WI 53704
           (608) 221-2200


    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.

    com or 608 280 8050




     



    • April 26, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Oro's Executive Dining Room, 1st Floor, Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue
    • 24


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    Beginning at 11:30 am, we'll meet at Oro's Executive Dining Room on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  Ask for the PLATO table. 

    Please register by the Wednesday prior to the Global Hotspots lecture.  When you register let them know you are with the PLATO group. To register for lunch contact:

    Maggie McGillis at
    608-441-7138 / mmacgillis@fluno.com 
    or contact the dining room
    directly at (608) 441-7101.

    The Oros Executive Dining Room is open to the public and offers a buffet lunch serving locally fresh and sustainable seasonal fare. "Be sure to save room for our delectable house-made dessert selections". 

    The weekly luncheon menu can be found at LUNCH MENU.

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.   

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the UW Alumni Association and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association: 

    Registration

     

     

    • April 26, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715


    This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

     

    About the event

    This talk will address the future of global economic and military institutions amid the rise of nationalist sentiment.

    About the speaker

    Jon Pevehouse, professor, UW–Madison’s Department of Political Science

    Pevehouse has research interests in the field of international relations, including international political economy, American foreign policy, and international organizations. His work examines the relationship between domestic and international politics, and he has published on topics such as regional trade agreements and exchange rate policies. He has also received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and is the editor of the professional journal International Organization.


    Location, Registration and Parking

    Global Hotspots lectures are an offering of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and are supported, in part, by PLATO.  To signup for the lecture, click the Registration button below:

    Registration

    The lecture will be held in the Fluno Center, Howard Auditorium (first floor), 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715 

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    This Global Hot Spots event offers a great way to stay up-to-date on current issues, connect with Badger alumni, and hear from a UW–Madison expert!

    Questions? Contact Joe D’Amato at joe.damato@supportuw.org or 1-608-308-5537.


    PLATO Luncheon Prior to the Lecture

    REMINDER:  Preceding the lecture, PLATO members will gather for lunch at Oro's Executive Restaurant on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  For a list of PLATO social events including this luncheon, click on the button below:

    Social Events


    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 01, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Grand Hall, 333 W Main St., Madison


    Free to PLATO members and guests.

    Registration is not required.

    Free parking in ramp in designated Capitol Lakes Visitor spaces.  




    Lecture:

    "From Military Facility to Green Space: The Amazing Transformation of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant (Baraboo/Sauk City)


    You'll find this story inspirational as  local leaders, town folk, tribal representatives and politicians worked to mesh their vision into a plan and then work with many organizations to make that plan a reality -creating the newest  Wisconsin State Recreation Area.  

    Lecture: 

    Charlie Luthin will share a video documentary that tells the inspiring story of this amazing transformation of a military complex into a public green space through the voices of diverse stakeholders in the process.  The video, "Restoring the Sauk Prairie, A Story of Hope and Healing" was produced in 2018 to celebrate the Alliance's 20th anniversary.  Following the video, Charlie will give us additional information about the 

    Background:

    In 1997, when the U.S.Army announced the decommissioning of the 7,400 acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant located between Sauk City and Baraboo, a group of conservation-minded citizens joined forces to actively promote a "green vision" for the property. That group evolved into what is now the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.

    In 2001, the "Badger Reuse Plan," adopted by the 21 stakeholders outlined a conservation-oriented future for the Badger Lands.  The newest "state park," the 3,400 acre Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area managed by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is being developed and will provide recreational opportunities for all.  The new Great Sauk State Trail is now open to bikers and hikers through the Badger Lands.

    About the Lecturer: 

    Charlie Luthin has spent his entire career of 40 years working for national and international non-profit conservation organizations.  He has served as director of four Wisconsin-based groups, including the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance..  


    Lecture Location

                        Capital Lakes Auditorium

    333 West Main Street

                         Madison, WI 53703

                         608-283-2000  

    Parking      

    Park in ramp across the street in Capitol Lakes Visitor designated space.  Take a ticket when entering ramp and have it validated at the Front Desk following the lecture.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Suzy Griffiths at: e-Mail

    ssgriffiths@gmail.com or phone 608 233-5592.



    • May 05, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 27
    Register


    Two Trains Running @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse

    Sunday, May 5, 2019


    A CLASSIC FROM AN AMERICAN MASTER PLAYWRIGHT

    It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Civil Rights movement may just be an impractical dream.

    Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary, in the play The New York Times declared as “Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.”

    Run Time: Three hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Learn more by visiting the Two Trains Running website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news.

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

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    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 1:15 PM to 1:45 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 require 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. 


    For this trip, the location of our Optional Group Lunch will be a favorite French restaurant from past trips, the Pastiche at the Metro located in the Hotel Metro a few blocks east of the Milwaukee Rep. It is walk-able (map) for some, yet bus drop off and pick up is an option especially if it's a rainy day, They serve a great brunch and will seat us in a back banquet room that is carpeted and quiet.


    11:30 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


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

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Wells Street entrance 

    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. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Milwaukee Museum Independent Study Option

    Select one of three museums to visit while others are attending the play

    1. Grohmann Museum 
    2. Milwaukee Art Museum 
    3. Milwaukee Public Museum

    PLATO bus will drop you off and pick you up. Museum admission and lunch is on your own. Check with trip organizer for details.

    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

    8:45 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    9:15 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:35 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:55 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears 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

    12:50 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    1:15 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    2:00 PM Two Trains Running performance begins

    5:00 PM Two Trains Running performance ends

    5:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    5:20 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    7:00 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Oaks

    Two Trains Running Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Two Trains Running theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741.

                        
    • May 07, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Turville Point parking lot, 1155 Turville Court, Madison
    • 19
    Register


    Free to members and their guests.

    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change


    Spring Walk through Olin-Turville Point Conservation Park



    The Walk

    We will take us on a different route through the woods and along the shore line. We anticipate Spring ephemeral blooms will color the forest floor.

    Ron will tell us a little about Glacial Lake Mendota, the peoples who lived on the land after the waters receeded and a little about the use of the land during the 20th century including tales of Teddy Roosevelt use of a cottage for many years after his Presidency.

    On the walk back, we'll capture a number of views of downtown Madison agross Lake Monona.  You'll enjoy the 2 1/2 mile walk and 2 1/2 hrs as we gained more understanding of this beautiful place we live.  

    About Our Tour Guide

    Turville History Tour with Ron Shutvet ~ You are in for a treat when you take a walk at Turville with history buff Ron Shutvet!  Ron will point out interesting spots and share fascinating stories about the history of Turville Point and the people who lived there. You will also enjoy spring colors and seeing the birds and nature that make their home at Turville today. Look for migrating birds resting on the bay and busy squirrels collecting nuts below the ancient oaks.

    Follow rolling hiking paths through the Turville Point woodlands and prairie with beautiful vistas of Lake Monona and Monona Bay. ???Walks at Turville Point held on the 2nd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners, Madison Parks, Friends of Olin Turville   and Madison Audubon Society  .

    • Meet at the Turville Point parking lot (not the Olin Boat Launch parking lot) across from John Nolen Drive at the railroad tracks.



    Turville Point Conservation Park

    This natural gem borders the shores of Lake Monona, a short walk from downtown.  Large red, bur and white oak provide the canopy under which a variety of spring wildflowers bloom.  A seven acre prairie opening adds to the diversity of the site.  Adjacent to Olin Park which has restrooms and a parking lot. 

    Features 3 miles of trails.  


    • May 08, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison)
    • 137
    Register

    Please join us for the

    PLATO

    ANNUAL MEETING & BUFFET LUNCH

    with
    Keynote Presentation by

    Dane County Executive Joe Parisi
    and John Reimer, Assistant Director
    Dane County Land & Water Resources

    Schedule

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

    11:15 am          Orient Express Buffet Lunch – Blue Plate Catering

    Mongolian beef & broccoli and garden tofu stir fry, served with brown rice, Thai sesame noodle salad, soy sauce, and sweet & sour sauce.  This menu accommodates both vegetarian and gluten free members and includes fruit, dessert, coffee, tea, and lemonade.

    12:30 pm          Annual Meeting & Keynote Speaker

    • Brief business meeting
    • Keynote: “Building a Resilient Future for Our Lakes”
    Historic late summer flooding resulted in millions of dollars of damage in Dane County. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and John Reimer of LWRD will discuss the 2018 flooding and initiatives for 2019 to aid in flood recovery, increase lake health, and build future resiliency.

    Registration closes: Friday, April 26

    Cancellations also due: April 26

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

    Driving Directions

    The PLATO Annual Meeting & Lunch will be held at:

    The Lussier Family Heritage Center

    located in Lake Farm County Park

    3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison, WI  53711

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

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

    • May 22, 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 20
    Register


    Join us Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for this stunning production of West Side Story in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


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

    We have 90 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.)


    Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway Musical Masterpiece.

    Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and families battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for "a place for us...somewhere." Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of "Maria" and "Tonight" to the exuberance of "America" and the humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke." Add to the bold, sexy and iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience that you'll never forget.

    Run Time: two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

    A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival of Cooperstown, NY.

    WEST SIDE STORY: Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS, Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS, Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Original production directed and choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS.


    Meet the ARTISTS

    The Celebrated Musical West Side Story Hit's Lyric's Stage in 2019


    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. (Note: PLATO Group Lunch will be dining here.)

    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       Arrive at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:10 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes to begin boarding

    7:30 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM West Side Story performance begins

    3:50 PM   West Side Story performance ends and begin boarding

    4:15 PM    Estimated departure for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:15 PM East Towne Sears

    7:40 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 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 require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    West Side Story Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • May 29, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hoyt Park Parking Lot (3201 Bluff St)
    • 30
    Register

    Free to members and quests

    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change

    Hoyt and Quarry Parks



    The Walk

    We will meet at the parking lot, 3201 Bluff St, in Hoyt Park and walk a few paths, stopping at overlooks to view Madison's near west side.  We will cross Bluff Street and enter the wooded Quarry Park, following a number of broad, well maintained trails.  The walk will be about 3 miles long and will take about 2 hours.  

    The paths in Quarry Park are hilly and not suitable to those needing assistance walking.  There is also a stone stairs in Hoyt Park created by the WCC that we will descend.   Following the walk we will meet at for lunch at Cafe Hollander..

    Hoyt Park

    Quiet, and slightly removed from the congested thoroughfare of Madison traffic, Hoyt Park is an ideal location for either a substantial, social gathering or a peaceful stroll through forest and prairie habitat. Truly, there is something for everyone to value. The naturalist will enjoy the lush mix of young, and old growth vegetation that is laced by a network of paved and unpaved hiking trails. The sports enthusiast will find a full-sized basketball court, a softball field, and a grassy, clearing suitable for soccer, football, or Frisbee. In addition, the two highly, hospitable shelters will appease the socialites and the play equipment will occupy the children. While at the same time, the past comes alive thanks in large part to not only the many restored historic fireplaces (twelve precisely) scattered like ancient treasure throughout, but also the restored prairie, rock and tree formations which envelop the park. These are, perhaps, a few reasons why Madison natives make a point of returning to Hoyt Park, again and again.

    Quarry Park

    Quarry Park offers designated trails for multi-use, biking only and pedestrian only.  The 17 acre park has multiple well maintained walking and biking paths. 





    • June 02, 2019
    • Glencoe
    • 11
    Register


    Next to Normal

    Writers Theaters

    June 2, 2019

    On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.

    This deeply moving and captivating American musical took Broadway by storm in 2009, winning three Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Now, Chicago and Broadway director David Cromer returns to WT where he has directed A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic to bring his singularly personal touch to this modern musical where the lines between reality and delusion are never quite clear.

    Run Time:  Approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission

    Monitor Writers Theatre's Next to Normal webpage for the latest news.

    Please Note:  The Next to Normal Theater Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Chicago Botanical Garden Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats.


    About Writers Theatre

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

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

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


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

    You can find Writers Theatre on Facebook 

    Writers Theatre New Home: Virtual Tour (4:29)

    SUNDAY BRUNCH

    We will be enjoying Sunday Brunch  at the Guildhall Restaurant & Bar in downtown Glencoe.  Note: Your brunch cost is not included your registration fee. 

    Our group will be divided into a number small tables determined by the Guildhall staff. You will be able to order directly from its Brunch MenuEach table will receive just one invoice. Cash payment will be required. Be sure to bring cash for easy payment of your order.

    Guildhall Restaurant & Bar is an easy walk from Writers Theatre. (MAP) You will time after brunch to explore downtown Glencoe and Writers Theatre.

    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 Glencoe on time to begin our adventure.

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

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

    Leave Madison

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

    8:00 AM         Bus departs Oakwood

    8:20 AM         Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM         Arrive at East Towne Sears

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

    Chicago Area Schedule

    11:15 AM       Arrive at Chicago Botanical Gardens

    11:30 PM      Arrive Guildhall Restaurant 

    After brunch, Writers Theatre is an easy walk (MAP). There will be time to explore downtown Glencoe before the play begins.

    2:00 PM        Next to Normal performance begins

    4:30 PM        Next to Normal performance ends and boarding begins 

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    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 trip.

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

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

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

    Next to Normal Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions)

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

    • June 02, 2019
    • Glencoe, IL
    • 13
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    The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers.  More than one million people visit the Garden annually; it is the second most visited botanic garden of its size in the country. 

    There are 27 gardens and four natural areas uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline.  The gardens include an aquatic garden, bonsai garden, English walled garden, Japanese garden, sensory garden, native plant garden, fruit and vegetable garden, and prairie.


    The garden has a renowned bonsai collection.

    You will have 5 1/2 hours to explore the gardens.  There will be no formal docent-led tour for PLATO members.  You will be exploring the gardens on your own.  However the tram tours, given every half hour, are an excellent way to get an overview of the gardens.

    The Chicago Botanic Garden has an app called Garden Guide available through Google Play or iTunes.  It is very informative and includes audio tours for some of the gardens, highlights what's in bloom, features a plant search and much, much more.

    Lunch is not included.  Food is available at the Garden View Café (see menu) . Another option is the Rose Terrace Beer Garden where craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured, along with wines and tasty appetizers, sandwiches, and salads.  There is a picnic area in the parking lot for sack lunch from home.   No food is allowed in the gardens.

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

    If you get tired or just want to take a break, there are many outdoor benches to sit and relax.  If it is a hot day, both the Visitor Center (which contains the Garden View Cafe) and the Regenstein Center are air conditioned and have benches to sit on.  The Lenhardt Library in the Regenstein Center (open 12-4) is a wonderful place to rest and read gardening magazines.


    Tram Tours

    There are two tram tours which take about 35 minutes each.  The cost of a tram ride is $8 or $7 for seniors and is not included in your registration fee.


    Grand Tram Tour

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

    Bright Encounters Tram Tour

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

    Model Railroad Garden


    The Model Railroad Garden  requires an entrance fee - $8 adults or $7 seniors (not included in your registration fee):

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

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

    Butterflies & Blooms


    Butterflies & Blooms requires an entrance fee - $8 adults or $7 seniors (not included in your registration fee).

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

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

    Garden Chef's Series

    Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients  at the Garden Chef's Series. Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first-come, first-served for these free demonstrations.

    Accessibility at the Garden

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

    More Information
    The Buehler Enabling Garden is a teaching garden for people of all abilities. Raised beds and container gardens highlight gardening techniques for those who use wheelchairs.

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

    Itinerary

    Note: This trip is a joint venture. Half of the seats are reserved for the Writers Theatre participants and half are reserved for the Chicago Botanic Garden participants.

    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

    7:50 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood

    8:00 AM     Depart Oakwood

    8:20 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM     Depart for Chicago Botanic Garden (or sooner if every is aboard)

    Chicago Botanic Garden                              

    11:15 AM   Arrive at Chicago Botanic Garden

    4:45 PM     Depart Chicago Botanic Garden

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    7:30 PM      Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:50 PM      Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 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 $10.00 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: Chicago Botanic Garden Trip Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    For further information contact Chicago Botanic Garden organizer

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

    • June 10, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • State Highway 92 Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
    • 34
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    Free to members and their guests.



    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change





    The Walk:

    We will walk in both prairies and woods  There are a couple of relatively steep sections but not overly long.  We could have a couple of extra short hikes for those in the group that want to peel off and do more (in 2017, everyone ended up doing everything).  Fun things we will see include: bluebirds, early prairie flowers, beautiful rock outcroppings w/ ferns and lichens, historic farmsteads (the home sites of both park founding families), a sinkhole and clear, cold streams typical of the Driftless Area.    

    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.

    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.

      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.

      We will meet at:

      Pop's Knoll entrance

      State Highway 92

      Mt. Horeb, WI 53572

      Get Directions

      Lunch following walk:

      Mount Vernon, tiny town Wisconsin two miles down the road from Donald Park is the home of Marcine's, unimpressive from the outside but warm and friendly on the inside.  "Always open", the generous servings at reasonable prices make this place fill up whatever the hour. 

      • June 13, 2019
      • 7:30 AM - 5:10 PM
      • Rockford
      • 2
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      Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House 

      The Laurent House is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian house in Rockford.  It was the only house that Wright designed for a physically disabled client. Built in the early 1950's, Ken and Phyllis Laurent lived in the house for 60 years from 1952-2012,  Wright himself often urged Chicago-area clients to visit the home, calling it his “little gem.”

      In 2012 the Laurent House Foundation, Inc., an independent, not-for-profit, private foundation purchased the home, the Wright-designed architectural drawings and furnishings, and the Laurent's personal effects.  In 2012 the Laurent House was added to the National Register of Places and it has been open to the public for the past five years.

       

      We will have a one-hour docent led tour of the Laurent House.

      Read more about the Laurent House:

      Frank Lloyd Wright's Little Gem

      Frank Lloyd Wright's Pioneering Example of Accessible Design

      Accessible Frank Lloyd Wright House in Illinois Is Reborn as a Museum

      Anderson Japanese Gardens


      The Anderson Japanese Gardens began in 1978, when Rockford businessman John Anderson was inspired by a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. With the ongoing assistance of renowned Master Craftsman and designer Hoichi Kurisu, the Andersons’ swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek was transformed into a Japanese-style landscape. From groundbreaking to today, the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths has been made with careful consideration by Mr. Kurisu. In 1998, John and Linda Anderson donated the Gardens as a supported organization to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association. It now exists as a not-for-profit entity and continues to grow and change to this day.

      The gardens include several waterfalls and ponds, Spring Creek, rock formations, a tea house and a guest house built by Masahiro Hamada in 1986.  The Garden of Reflection, which includes a pond filled with koi and other colorful fish, was added in 1999.

      In 2004 Sukiya Living, the Journal of Japanese Gardening rated Anderson Gardens the top Japanese Garden in the United States.

      We will break up into small groups for guided tours by docents.  When we break into groups, there will be one group, if needed, for those who walk more slowly and feel that they might not be able to keep up otherwise.

      We will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  Bring a hat and comfortable shoes.  A day bag with water and snacks, as well as your camera, is advised.  If you get tired or just want a break, there are many benches to sit and read.  Do not feel you have to keep up with the tours.

      Lunch at Fresco at the Gardens


      Lunch is included in the Registration Fee - "You Build it Board  - A wide selection of meat, cheeses, sides and buns so you can make your own sandwich. Cheeses Include - Pepper Jack, Cheddar and Swiss. Meats Include - Smoked Ham, Smoked Turkey and Roast beef. Multi-Grain Buns, Ciabatta Squares, Pickles, Tomatoes, pickled red onion and chips. Fresh fruit salad. Cookies for dessert and your choice of beverage (coffee, iced tea, soda.)

      Accesssibility  

      Anderson Japanese Gardens: The paths throughout the gardens are mostly covered with crushed limestone and are easily navigated by strollers and wheelchairs.  However, though you are able to view all areas of the Anderson Gardens from the paths, some areas have steps or uneven terrain and are not accessible except on foot.  

      Laurent House: A 27” wide wheelchair, walker, or other mobility equipment is permissible inside the house, however, we do not allow motorized chairs or scooters. We are happy to accommodate our guests with mobility issues. We have a standard 24” wheelchair available for public use at the house.  There are no restrooms at the Laurent House.

      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 Rockford 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 journey.

      Leave Madison

      7:15 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood

      7:30 AM     Depart Oakwood

      7:50 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

      8:10 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears

      8:30 AM     Depart for Rockford (or sooner if everybody is aboard)

      Rockford                             

      10:00 AM   Arrive at Anderson Gardens for tour

      12:00 PM   Lunch at Anderson Gardens

      1:15 PM     Depart Anderson Gardens for Laurent House

      1:30 PM     Arrive Laurent House

      3:00 PM     Depart Laurent House for Madison

      Return to Madison (Estimate)

      4:30 PM      Arrive at East Towne Sears

      4:50 PM      Arrive at Capitol Lakes

      5:10 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.

      Mail-In Registration Form: Architectural and Landscape Beauty Field Trip Mail-in Registration Form.pdf

      For further information contact the trip organizer

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

      • June 26, 2019
      • Chicago
      • 33
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                           Jeanne (Spring), 1881                                         

      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)

      6:45 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

      7:00 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

      7:20 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

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

       
      • July 11, 2019
      • Chicago
      • 21
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      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 opens May 8.

      Run Time: TBA



      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 Rosebud on Rush Italian Restaurant.


      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  Rosebud on Rush Restaurant, 720 North Rush

      11:05 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago, Driehaus Museum and Water Tower Place.

      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 23, 2019
      • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
      • Trempleau, Wisconsin
      • 26
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      Join us on 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. 

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      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:

      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

      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

      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

      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.

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      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)

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      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 garmet. 

      ·      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.

       



      • July 28, 2019
      • 1:00 PM
      • Chicago
      • 51
      Register



      Hamilton: The Exhibition

      Journey Through the Founding of America

      Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable story has inspired millions of Americans. Now, you can see it through his eyes in this 360-degree immersive exhibition inspired by the revolutionary musical. The massive Hamilton Exhibition Tent is the size of a football field.

      Featuring an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author Lin-Manuel  Miranda, Hamilton: The Exhibition is designed to take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America.

      With a dynamic and interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music and historical artifacts, you will experience how it felt to write the way Hamilton wrote, fight the way Hamilton fought, and live the way Hamilton lived.


      Sit at Hamilton’s desk and discover how his work as a trader in St. Croix gave him the skills to create our country’s financial system. Gaze upon the streets of New York with detailed replicas of the city in 1776. Step into George Washington’s war tent as you learn how the Revolutionary Army planned their shocking victory in the Battle of Yorktown.

      Hamilton: The Exhibition posits new questions about Hamilton’s life and the founding of America, ultimately leaving us to ask the question — how can we leave our own legacies for future Americans?

      Grandchildren Welcome

      Bring your granddaughter and/or grandson for a special Sunday summer road trip.

      Lunch and Exploring

      10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

      Caution: Check Sunday Hours to Ensure Eateries Are Open

      Lunch is on your own.

      We will be stopping at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

      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

      Chicago Millennium Park Nearby Eats

      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.

      – 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

      7:00 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood Village West for boarding

      7:20 AM     Departs Oakwood

      7:40 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding

      8:00 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

      8:10 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

      Chicago

      10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute for lunch and exploring

      12:15 PM     Begin boarding for Hamilton Exhibition on Northerly Island

      1:00 PM       Hamilton Exhibition tour begins

      3:30 PM       Depart for Madison

      Return to Madison (Estimate)

      6:15 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

      6:35 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

      7:00 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. 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.


      For further information:  contact Hamilton: The Exhibition Trip Organizer: Bob Blitzke at bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741.  
      • August 14, 2019
      • Chicago
      • 55
      Register


      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 lower Mezzanine, Rows E-H)

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

      *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Our group lunch will be held in the Lockwood Restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Palmer House, near the CIBC Theatre.


      ~  ~  ~   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

      11:15 AM      Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

      12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

      1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

      1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

      4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

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

      Return to Madison (Estimated)

      8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

      8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

      8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

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

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


      Hamilton: An American Musical Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

      For further information, contact Hamilton: An American Musical theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                          



       



       

       

       

    Past events

    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 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 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 16, 2017 Three Sisters @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
    August 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
    August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
    July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
    July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
    July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
    July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
    June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
    June 23, 2017 Morning on the Terrace
    June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
    June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
    June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
    June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
    June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
    May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
    May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
    May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
    May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
    May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
    April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
    March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
    March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
    March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
    March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
    February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
    February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
    February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
    February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
    February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
    February 01, 2017 The Agora, Vol. 5, Is Now Accepting Submissions.
    January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
    January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
    January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
    January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
    December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
    December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
    November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
    November 16, 2016 WRAP UP of DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S PLATO BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
    November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
    November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
    November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
    November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
    November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
    November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
    November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
    October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
    October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
    October 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
    October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
    October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
    October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
    October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
    September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
    September 21, 2016 THE PLATO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
    September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
    September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
    September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
    September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
    September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
    August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
    August 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 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
    May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
    May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
    May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
    May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
    April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
    April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
    April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
    April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
    April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
    April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
    March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
    March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
    March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
    March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
    March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
    March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
    February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
    February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
    February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
    February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
    January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
    January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
    January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
    December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
    December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
    November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
    November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
    November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
    October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
    October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
    October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
    September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
    September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
    September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
    August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
    July 29, 2015