Upcoming events

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

    PLATO Breakfast Get-Together -

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

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

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

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


    Hope you're able to come!

    Organizer: Sharon Scrattish



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

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

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


     


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


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

    Tentative Walk Schedule

    1. May 5, morning:  Wilkie Gorge
    2. May 17, morning: Lake Farm Park - Before Annual Mtg
    3. June 2, morning: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
    4. June 12, morning: Lodi Marsh SNA
    5. June 30, Donald County Park
    6. July 12, evening: Lake Shore Preserve
    7. July 25, morning: Pope Farm Conservancy
    8. Aug. 14, morning: Cherokee Marsh
    9. August 30, morning: Cam-rock County Park 
    10. Sept. 13, morning: Bascom Hill & Memorial Union
    11. Sept. 29, morning: Indian Lake County Park
    12. Oct 10, TBA: Camp Randall
    13. Oct. 27, evening: Forest Hills Cemetary

    What to Expect on the Walks

    In general:

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

    Highlights of the Walk

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

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

    Driving and Parking Instructions

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

    What to bring along on the walks.

      Things to bring and wear:

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

    About Ticks 

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

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

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

     

     


    • June 23, 2017
    • September 22, 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St., UW-Madison Campus
    • 50


    NEW We've added the second Friday during the summer to gather for breakfast and conversation at the Memorial Union.  We will now meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays during July, August and September.

    NEW We will gather no matter the weather.  The normal meeting place is on the Memorial Union Terrace.  If the weathers makes this a poor choice, we will meet in Der Rathskeller

    "Come enjoy summer, coffee, pastry, or a full breakfast at Madison’s gem - UW Memorial Union’s Terrace.  The recently renovated Union Terrace, a beautiful outdoor seating area, extends beyond the Union building to the shores of Lake Mendota."  

    So that we can organize tables and chairs, please RSVP to Sharon Scrattish (sscratti@gmail.com, or 608-280-8050) by the Thursday evening before the event.

    Meeting Dates and Times

    We will be meeting there from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on 2nd and 4th Friday of starting in June 23 and running through September.  Mark your calendars:   

    • June 23
    • July 14 and July 28
    • August 11 and August 25
    • September 8 and September 22

    Note: These get-togethers replace our winter-time gatherings at Elie’s diner.  We will resume breakfasts indoors in the Fall.

    Food Options and Menus

    Food available at the Union during morning hours are Peet’s Coffee where pastry, bagels also available, and a full breakfast from Der Rathskeller. Other food choices are available after 11:00 a.m. Whether you plan on a light or full breakfast - or nothing at all - come at 9:30 and we can order and eat together. Food is not served on the Terrace but carried outside by diners.

    If the weather is not cooperating, we will meet inside in Der Rathskeller.

    Meeting Place

    Enter the Union at the front and one of the exits to the terrace is through Der Rathskeller.  Plato’s saved tables will not be far from that exit.  Look for the Plato banner.

    Parking Options

    The Memorial Union is located at 800 Langdon St. The best parking options are:

    • the parking ramp under Helen C. White, 600 N Park St., which is the closest but is often filled, 
    • and the Lake Street parking ramp at 415 North Lake Street. 

    Invitation and Contact Information

    Hope you can come! You need not be a PLATO member to stop by and break bread - you will always be welcome.  So that we can save seats and tables, please RSVP to Sharon Scrattish, sscratti@gmail.com, or 608-280-8050 by the Thursday evening before the event.”

    What's New on the Union Terrace:

    The Terrace reopened as part of the final phases of the Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR). This renovation improved accessibility, sight lines and customer comfort while creating more seating space. The expansion of Lakeshore Path also increased the number of Terrace chairs by several hundred, and the Sunset Deck added even more.

    • June 30, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • State Highway 92 Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
    • 2


    Park Description:

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

    What to expect on the walk:

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

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

    Driving and Parking Information.Direction:

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

    Lunch following walk:

    Take part in a Wisconsin tradition—lunch in a tiny town Wisconsin tavern.  Marcine’s, in Mt. Vernon, just two miles down the road from Donald Park is unimpressive, even downright off-putting from the outside and the interior isn’t all that much better.  But the food makes this place fill up with local workers at lunch and families at dinner with daily specials in generous servings at reasonable prices. 

    Additional Information:

    • PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.
    Please visit the Friends of Donald Park website for more park information.
    • July 11, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Spring Green
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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

    The Funniest French Confection Ever to Frost a Stage 

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

    Synopsis

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

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

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

    A Flea in Her Ear Two Ticket Ordering Options:

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

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

    PICNIC DINNER SELECTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

    Registration Limit: 56

    Registration Deadlines: 

    June 26 - Best Seats 

    June 27 - July 9: Any Available Seats


    Itinerary

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

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

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

     

    Leave Madison

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

    4:25 PM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    4:50 PM     Arrives at Oakwood Village West

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


    At American Players Theatre

    5:45 PM     Arrive APT

    Free Time from 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

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

    7:30 PM   A Flea in Her Ear Begins

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

    10:00 PM  Depart for Madison (Est)


    Return to Madison (Est)

    10:50 PM     Arrive Oakwood Village West

    11:10 PM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    11:30 PM     Arrive East Towne Sears


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

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

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

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

    PLATO Members Form


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


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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • July 12, 2017
    • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 610 Walnut St, Madison, WI 53726 Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Walnut St and Linden Dr
    • 17


    This walk will include a number of trails as we discover Frautschi Point and rediscover Picnic Point.  We will be lead by two knowledgeable guides who will inform us about the native American and early European use of the land as well as the geology, watershed as we walk along Lake Mendota shoreline and adjoining woodland.


    What to Expect on the Walk


    Quality of the Path/Walk

    Length of Walk

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


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 2.0.

    Walk Difficulty

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

    Handicap Accessibility?

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

    Microphone:

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

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


    Highlights of the Walk

    Native Americans and the Preserve

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


    Geology

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


     geology map of Dane County

    Watershed

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


     Willow Creek watershed map

    Prairies

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


     prescribed fire in Biocore Prairie

    Wetlands

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


     sandhill cranes in Class of 1918 Marsh

    Woodlands

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




    $10 Fee and Honorariaum

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



     

     

     

     

     

     


    Venue 

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

     

    • July 18, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 1


    “It’s precisely an endless kind of art that I’m interested in, rich in all sorts of techniques, suitable for translating all the emotions of nature and humanity.” —Paul Gauguin, 1903

    Best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career spanned the globe and whose works defy categorization. In his famous self-portrait from 1891–90, he chose to represent himself as an artist who excelled in both two and three dimensions, flanking his image with one of his most iconic paintings, The Yellow Christ (1889), and one of his most important ceramics, Self-Portrait in Form of a Grotesque Head (1889).

    This exhibition—organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais—is the first to delve into his radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator.


    Utilizing new research into his working processes, the exhibition sheds light on Gauguin’s identity as an artist-artisan, looking at moments when he stood at an artistic crossroads and found new direction by exploring unconventional media and methods.

    From his early years still grappling with Impressionism (1877–86), to his time in Brittany and Martinique (1886–91), to his first trip to Tahiti (1891–93), to his return to Paris (1893–95), and to his last years in Tahiti and Hiva Oa (1895–1903), Gauguin adapted his progressive and unique approach to the materials of each location and developed ingenious processes in response to various physical or financial limitations—and sometimes simply out of his desire to do what no artist had done before.


    The exhibition features some 240 works, including the largest-ever public presentation of his ceramics, the reunion and display of related works side-by-side, and a selection of ethnographic objects that reveals his sources of inspiration. Together these works attest to Gauguin’s expansive notions of what art should be and his embrace of multimedia, installation, and found objects long before these concepts were considered artistic practices.

    After its debut at the Art Institute, Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist travels to the Grand Palais in Paris.


    Opens June 25 and runs through September 10

    More information will be forthcoming.

    Monitor the Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist webpage for the latest news.



    Art Institute of Chicago Schedule

    10:30 AM Arrival

    11:15 AM - Noon: Gauguin: Art as Alchemist Exhibition Overview Lecture 

    Noon - 3:00 PM: Free Time to Visit the Exhibit, Enjoy Lunch and Explore the Museum

    Click for Museum Map

    Click for Museum Dining Options


    Click for Museum Gift Shops

    2:45 PM Begin Boarding For Return Trip

    3:00 PM Depart for Madison 

         Itinerary

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

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

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

    Leave Madison

    6:30 AM     Arrive Oakwood for boarding

    7:00 AM      Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:20 AM       Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

    7:30 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

    Arrive in Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute 

    2:45 PM      Begin boarding

    3:00 PM      Depart for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:45 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    6:20 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

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

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

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition Trip Organizer: Martha Zydowsky, mzydowsky@charter.net and 608-213-6907.
    • August 03, 2017
    • Trempealeau, WI
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Join us on Thursday, August 3rd to visit three historic sites in Trempealeau Wisconsin.  The Trempealeau Interpretive Path (TRIP) (http://tremptrip.com) traces the cultural history of this area back more than 10,000 years.  Our guides will be archaeologists Danielle Benden and Ernie Boszhardt.


    First, we will visit the new Trempealeau Memorial Library to examine artifacts from the prehistoric Mississippian settlement, to learn how people lived here in past millennia and to review the archaeological excavations that have taken place across the village. 



    Next, our walk up Little Bluff Mounds Trail reveals the story of how mounds were built.  It follows the temples and fire hearths of this outpost of Cahokia a permanent settlement dating back 1000 years and leads us to a wonderful view of the village, the Mississippi River, and  lock and dam #6. 

     

    Next our bus will take 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.  And our guides will demonstrate flintknapping which is the skill of making prehistoric tools and weapons.   If time allows, we will briefly stop in the village of Trempealeau before returning to Madison.



    Trail Accessibility. The Trempealeau Library and Perrot State Park nature center are accessible.  The walk to the top of Little Bluff is easy to moderate 10 minute, guides can give rides to the top if needed.  Walking across the top of Little Bluff and to the picnic shelter is flat but uneven turf.   


    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, cataloged, 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 for ten years. 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.

    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.

    6:30 AM Oakwood Village Begin Boarding 

    6:50 AM Capitol Lakes

    7:10 AM East Towne Sears

    7:30 AM Depart for Trempealeau

    10:30 AM Trempealeau Memorial Library

    11:30 AM Walk Little Bluff Trail

    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Picnic Lunch at Perrot State Park Shelter

    1:30 PM Perrot State Park Nature Center

    3:30 PM Depart for Madison

    6:00 PM East Towne Sears

    6:15 PM Capitol Lakes

    6:30 PM Oakwood Village


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

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

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

    Housekeeping Information

    Picnic Lunch. Please note you should bring your own picnic lunch and drink as well as snacks for the bus trip.

    Accessibility. The walk up Little Bluff is easy to moderate on an improved trail and takes about 10 minutes.  Our guides will provide a lift for those requesting a ride up the trail (if you wish a ride, please tell trip leader by July 20). 

    Trip Cooler. I hope to bring a larger cooler or two in which you can keep those portions of your lunch that require chilling; and you might also bring a small insulated lunch bag with icepack and include snacks and drinks for yourself for the trips up and back.  It is a long day and it can be warm in August.  

    Footwear. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing.  Please dress for the weather, per the forecast for La Crosse WI on August 3.  We are near the Mississippi River and it is summer, so you might bring insect repellent and sun block.  

    Restrooms. On the bus, at the library, in the Village Community Center, outhouses in Central Park in the village, at the Trempealeau Hotel, at Perrot State Park (vault toilets) near the shelter and Nature Center. So, we will never be anywhere that is less than a few hundred feet from a toilet.

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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 and 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. Highly recommend this one.


    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 , https://www.ruralexperiences.com/ , http://www.travelwisconsin.com/southwest/trempealeau-county/trempealeau;

    Trempealeau Hotel http://www.trempealeauhotel.com/trempealeauhotel/default.asp?ID=29&PageData=392&redirect=0;

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

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


    Trempealeau Archaeology Field Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For further information, contact Trempealeau Archaeology trip organizer, Mike Roy, michaelroy@wisc.edu and 608-443-9563

                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

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

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

    Life Lived in Moments

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

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

    August - September, 2017

    Synopsis

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

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

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

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

    Three Sisters Two Ticket Ordering Options:

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

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

    PICNIC DINNER SELECTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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

    Registration Limit: 56

    Registration Deadlines: 

    June 26 - Best Seats 

    June 27 - July 9: Any Available Seats


    Itinerary

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

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

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

     

    Leave Madison

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

    4:25 PM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    4:50 PM     Arrives at Oakwood Village West

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


    At American Players Theatre

    5:45 PM     Arrive APT

    Free Time from 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

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

    7:30 PM   Three Sisters Begins

    9:30 PM Three Sisters Ends (Est)

    10:00 PM  Depart for Madison (Est)


    Return to Madison (Est)

    10:50 PM     Arrive Oakwood Village West

    11:10 PM     Arrive Capitol Lakes

    11:30 PM     Arrive East Towne Sears


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

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

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

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

    PLATO Members Form


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


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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • August 27, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 10


    Join us Sunday, August 27 for Moby Dick, the final play in our 2017 summer season  It will be staged in the intimate Lookingglass Theater located within the Water Tower Water Works.

    Winner of four Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and fresh off a national tour, the critically-acclaimed Moby Dick returns to the Lookingglass stage in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of revenge, obsession, and destiny.

    Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Herman Melville’s epic and poetic tale, furiously reimagined by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice).

    Climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck, and the intrepid crew on a voyage into the darkest reaches of the human psyche with an insatiably driven Captain Ahab at the helm in reckless pursuit of the legendary white whale.

    “★★★★. Catlin’s ‘Moby Dick’ rises to the short list of great Lookingglass productions of the past two decades.” – The Chicago Tribune

    “A triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring.” – The Chicago Sun-Times


    ARTISTS

    Adapted and Directed by
    Ensemble Member David Catlin

    From the book by Herman Melville

    In Association with The Actors Gymnasium

    Video: Moby Dick and the Actor's Gymnasium (2.19) 


    REVIEWS: Highly Recommended Rating
    Based upon these 15 reviews





    Lookingglass Theatre:

    11:30 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


    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

    8:00 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:25 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:40 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:50 AM    Depart for Chicago using Interstate 94 (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    11:30 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre

    12:00 PM Arrive Garfield Park Conservatory

    1:15 PM   Depart Garfield Park Conservatory

    1:45 PM    Arrive Lincoln Park Zoo 

    4:45 PM    Depart Lincoln Park Zoo

    5:00 PM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre for boarding and departure.

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 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. 

    In the Lookingglass Theatre, there is step-down handrail support at each row.


    Moby Dick Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • August 27, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 16

    Lincoln Park Zoo Red Pandas

    Garfield Park Conservatory

    The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass," the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility.  Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.  Don’t forget to visit the 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens during the summer!

     

    The Palm House is home to graceful palms, interspersed with a variety of other tropical plants, and soar up to a vaulted ceiling. Most impressive is the Conservatory’s historic Fern Room with lush ferns, rocky outcroppings and an indoor lagoon that evoke the swampy landscape of prehistoric Chicago. The Fern Room is home to the palm-like cycad; one of the oldest species of plants on earth. Head to the newest exhibit, Sugar from the Sun, and discover how plants make energy.  The Show House displays the season’s best rotating floral exhibit.  Visit the Aroid House and see Dale Chihuly’s 16 yellow lily pads permanently displayed in the "Persian Pool". The Desert House holds one of the region's most varied collections of cacti and succulents.  Lastly, Horticulture Hall is a great place to sit and relax, marvel at the mosaic Morrocan Fountain, or rent for a corporate event or wedding.


    The Garfield Park Conservatory was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen in collaboration with Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden and Martin and the New York engineering firm of Hitchings and Company. Jens Jensen is well known to many in Madison as the landscape architect behind the Glenwood Children’s Park and the Wheeler Council Ring in the UW Arboretum. Jensen also founded The Clearing in Door County.

    Considered revolutionary when it first opened in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory was described as a work of “landscape art under glass.” The structure replaced three small Victorian glass houses that were built in Chicago’s West Park System in the 1880s.  The structure, one of the largest conservatories in the world, was quite unlike its nineteenth century predecessors. 

    Jensen wanted the exterior to emulate the simple form of a Midwestern haystack. Inside, he displayed plants in the ground as opposed to potted containers. Jensen also hid pipes and other mechanical systems behind beautiful walls of stratified stonework, and created magnificent views across the landscape.


    The centerpiece of the Garfield Park Conservatory, the aquatic house or Fern Room, as it is known today, includes some of Jensen’s most beautiful stone and water elements. Jensen marveled that the waterfall looked so natural that people often assumed that the glass structure was built around it. He wanted his idealized “prairie waterfall,” to sound just right, but the stone mason made it sound like “an abrupt mountain cascade.” The workman became frustrated when Jensen had him dismantle and rebuild the waterfall several times. Jensen suggested that the workman listen to Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song.” After hearing the music, the mason constructed the waterfall perfectly so that the “water tinkled gently from ledge to ledge, as it should in a prairie country.”

    For Garfield Park Observatory Map,  click Map


    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.

    The zoo was founded in 1868, making it among the oldest of zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals. The zoo's exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totaling about 1,100 animals from some 200 species.

    Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.

    For Lincoln Park Zoo Map, click Map

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a privately managed institution that depends primarily on the support of its visitors, members and donors to remain open and free every day. More than two-thirds of the zoo’s operating budget is provided by revenue from its food service, retail shops, parking, and fund-raising activities. The remaining portion is provided by a fixed annual subsidy from the Chicago Park District.

    Highlights include:

    The Regenstein Center for African Apes -  It offers 29,000 square feet of living space, indoors and out, bamboo stands real and simulated, dozens of trees and 5,000 feet of artificial vines for climbing, skylights, termite mounds for chimpanzee “fishing”, a waterfall, a moat, heated logs,  fresh air and sunshine.  The $26 million center is the most expensive building ever constructed at the zoo. Its primary features are three spacious habitats: the Kovler Gorilla Bamboo Forest, the Strangler Fig Forest (which accommodates either chimpanzees or gorillas) and the Dry Riverbed Valley (which also accommodates chimpanzees or gorillas). The indoor exhibits are immediately adjacent to the outdoor exhibits so that they appear to be one.

    Walter Family Arctic Tundra - This expansive exhibit is strategically designed for Arctic polar bears, a carnivorous species threatened in the wild due to human impacts such as climate change, which rapidly melts sea ice. Polar bears’ adaptations to the Arctic environment make them dependent on the sea ice for survival, thus creating the need to conserve this species. Walter Family Arctic Tundra can support a breeding pair and their potential cubs. Equipped with naturalistic features, from ice caves to rolling terrain to cool pools, the exhibit evokes the northern reaches where polar bears prowl in search of prey.

    Regenstein African Journey - The animals of Africa thrive in Chicago—from stately giraffes to mighty rhinoceroses to schools of colorful fish.  Regenstein African Journey brings the awesome sights and sounds of this great continent to millions of visitors each year, who stroll through four distinct habitats and experience the abundance of life that populates each. This is more than an exhibit...it truly is a journey.

    McCormick Bird House - Birds from the tropics, seashores, forests, wetlands and savannas all have room to roost in Lincoln Park Zoo’s McCormick Bird House. This historic brick building (designed in 1904 by the zoo’s first director, Cyrus DeVry) has numerous habitats replicating the rich environments birds inhabit in the wild. Visitors are invited to view the feathered inhabitants in traditional exhibits or step into the lush, tropical Free Flight Area to become immersed in the world of birds.

    The Lincoln Park Conservatory (not affiliated with the zoo) is adjacent to the zoo at the north entrance.  Step inside and be transported to another place and time!  We invite you to take a journey to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where you will find tropical palms and ancient ferns right in the heart of Lincoln Park. Designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks, the Conservatory offers visitors a tropical experience within its four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House, which is home to the annual flower shows. This historic facility continues to provide an escape to nature to the millions that live in and visit Chicago. No matter the time of year, Lincoln Park Conservatory is always green and lush. Come take a stroll and let yourself be transported away.  Admission is free.

    Logistics

    You will have 1 1/4 hours at the Garfield Park Conservatory and 3 hours at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  There will be no formal docent-led tour for Plato members at either location.  You will be exploring the Garfield Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo on your own. 

    Cost includes Van Galder Bus Travel w/Wi-Fi access.  Neither the Garfield Park Conservatory nor the Lincoln Park Zoo charges admission though the Garfield Park Conservatory does ask for a donation of your choosing at the door.

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo 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.

    Eating

    Lunch is not included in the trip cost.

    There is no cafeteria at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  However if you bring your own lunch, food consumption is available in Horticulture Hall or the lobby. And outdoors, picnicking is allowed wherever there are tables and chairs or in the lawn areas. No alcohol is allowed.

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo, you will have a number of choices for eating:

     The Patio at Café Brauer is a singular Chicago restaurant experience, offering panoramic views of a restored native ecosystem and soaring skyscrapers. Dine on savory small plates and specialty burgers. Sip cocktails, craft-brewed ales and wine. The Patio at Café Brauer is open weekdays for lunch and dinner until dusk and serves brunch and dinner every Saturday and Sunday.

    The Park Place Café features Mexican food, Italian fare, burgers, sandwiches, salads, beer, wine and more. Ice cream too! Indoor and outdoor terrace seating available.

    Organic fare, including paninis, salads and other green goodies are available at Café at Wild Things, located above the Wild Things! gift shop in an open-air rooftop setting.

    Enjoy Chicago-style hot dogs, fries and snacks at one of the oldest historic buildings on zoo grounds at Eadie Levy's Landmark Café .

    Accessibility

    The Garfield Conservatory is wheelchair accessible, except for the Fern Room. 

    A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors using wheelchairs and those who are otherwise unable to climb stairs may enter the Conservatory at the Main Entrance, 300 N. Central Park Ave., via the North or South ramps.

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo, wheelchairs are available at Gateway Pavilion for temporary use by guests within the zoo. 

    Loans are first come, first served. A refundable deposit of $20, or a driver’s license or state ID, is required.  All public buildings at the zoo have at least one wheelchair-accessible entrance. All of the animal encounter programs at the Farm-in-the-Zoo are wheelchair-accessible. The Lionel Train Adventure ride features a wheelchair-accessible caboose.  

    Restrooms are available at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, Pritzker Family Children's Zoo, Park Place Café via a ramp, Farm-in-the-Zoo Main Barn, Foreman Pavilion (open seasonally) and Café at Wild Things (open seasonally) via a ramp. 



    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

    8:00 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:25 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:40 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:50 AM    Depart for Chicago using Interstate 94 (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    11:30 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre

    12:00 PM Arrive Garfield Park Conservatory

    1:15 PM   Depart Garfield Park Conservatory

    1:45 PM    Arrive Lincoln Park Zoo 

    4:45 PM    Depart Lincoln Park Zoo

    5:00 PM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre for boarding and departure.

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 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. 

    In the Lookingglass Theatre, there is step-down handrail support at each row.


    Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip Organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • September 13, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Registration will begin July 15, 2017 . . . Meet at the Campus and Community Information Desk in the West Wing of Memorial Union located at 800 Langdon St
    • 25
    Registration is closed

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

    Highlights of the Walk

     9:50 am  Meet our docent at the Memorial Union

    10:00 am  Start our walk up historic Bascom Hill

    10:30 am  Stop in front of the Lincoln Statue and again across from the  Carillon Tower.  Head down Bascom Hill.

    11:00 am  Start Tour of the renovated Memorial Union

    11:45 am  Optional tour of the Red Gym

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

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

    Meeting Location and Parking

    Meeting:  We will meet at the Campus and Community Information Desk in the West Wing of Memorial Union located at 800 Langdon St., (608) 265-3000.  

    Bus Drop-off and Pick-up :  Bus Drop-off and Pick-up for the Memorial Union is available at the end of Park Street in the circle and between Helen C. White Parking Garage.

    Nearby Car Parking:  the following parking areas allow metered or gated public parking:

    • City parking ramp located State and Lake or accessed by University Ave. or 430 N. Frances St, accessed from the Frances St. side
    • UW Parking near Memorial Union:  Helen C. White Garage (Lot 6), Grainger Hall Garage (Lot 7),  and The Fluno Center Garage (Lot 83).

    What to Expect on the Walk

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

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

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

    If you have questions contact Mike Di Iorio @ 608 257-9164 or mdiiorio@tds.net.  If you need to cancel the morning of the walk or will be late, please contact Mike on his cell phone: 608 520-4448.

    Photos

    A few photos of the buildings that we will hear about and see on our tour:





     


     

     

     

     

     

     

    • September 15, 2017
    • Cashton, Wisc
    • 20


    About our Trip:

    Join us as we drive drive through the driftless area of Wisconsin and learn about the lives of the Old Order Amish in the Cashton, Wisconsin area.  

    We will stop for lunch near Sparta at a farm-to-table restaurant with fresh and excellent food and is included with your registration fee.

    Then we will have our professional guide join us on the bus for visits to the following Amish businesses:

    • Quilt Shop - on a farm,
    • Bakery - on a farm,
    • Furniture manufacturer - in production.
    • Cheese factory - we will see a live streaming of the workings of the factory - regulations prevent us from actually walking through the factory.  Here we will each receive a small bag of fresh cheese curds.
    • Down a Country Road Shops:  we will spend 45 minutes here for a rest room break and a chance to view products from 50 Amish family industries.  In order to visit the farms directly, the local bishop insists that we must make this stop.
    We will return home via Highway 14 so that we can stop at Peck's Farm Store in Spring Green for those who might like to bring home some fresh locally grown apples.

    About the Local Guide:

    Our local guide has lived on farms in this area for half a century and has written two books about the Amish, so she is very well versed in their way of life and will be able to relate a lot of information about their culture and history.



         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

     8:10 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood 

     8:15 AM     Depart for Capitol Lakes

     8:35 AM     Begin boarding at Capitol Lakes 

     9:00 AM     Begin boarding East Towne Sears

     9:10 AM     Depart for Cashton                                       

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

     3:30 PM     Board Bus for Madison

    We will have time to stop at Peck's Farm Store in Spring Green to shop for fresh locally grown Apples..

     6:30 PM     Arrive at Oakwood Village West

     6:45 PM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

     7:00 PM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

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

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

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, Contact Peggy Anderson, the Amish Neighbors Trip Organizer: pppowers38@gmail.com or at 608-838-7255.

    • December 31, 2017
    • PLATO Diversity Committee:

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


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








    February's Book 


    From the PLATO Diversity Committee

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



    Global Hot Spots Collection

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

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

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

    Global Hot Spots Collection

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

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

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

Past events

June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
April 21, 2017 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration
April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
February 01, 2017 The Agora, Vol. 5, Is Now Accepting Submissions.
January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
November 16, 2016 WRAP UP of DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S PLATO BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
October 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 21, 2016 THE PLATO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 12, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
July 08, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
June 28, 2016 Chicago Summer a la Carte: Summer Fun in Downtown Chicago
June 24, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Trolley Tour 2016 - June 24
June 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 25, 2016 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
May 20, 2016 University Senior Guest Auditor Workshop
May 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
September 10, 2015 Crimes of the 21st Century: Scams Targeting Seniors
August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
July 09, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
June 24, 2015 Milwaukee Masterworks Bus Trip 2
June 24, 2015 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
May 20, 2015 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 19, 2015 Ten Chimneys Tour @ Genesee Depot
May 13, 2015 Peter and the Starcatcher @ Milwaukee Rep
May 07, 2015 Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg
May 03, 2015 End of Life Preparedness (Parts I & II)
April 23, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 22, 2015 Jeeves Takes a Bow and Explore Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 10, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in Disease Ecology”
April 01, 2015 Five Presidents @ Milwaukee Rep
March 06, 2015 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
February 27, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Update on International Relations”
February 18, 2015 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 12, 2015 Read More To Be More @ Madison Public Library
February 05, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
February 03, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
December 10, 2014 Harvey @ Milwaukee Rep
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 29, 2014 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
October 22, 2014 The Color Purple (The Musical about Love)
October 08, 2014 Chicago in Autumn Overnight Stay Bus Trip
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

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