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    • July 11, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Spring Green
    • 0

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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 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 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.

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)
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
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
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 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 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
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 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
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 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
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 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
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
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
 

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