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    • July 23, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Trempleau, Wisconsin
    • 6
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    Join us as we visit three archeologically significant sites in Trempealeau Wisconsin.

     

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

    Some Housekeeping Information

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

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

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

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

    Itinerary

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

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

    Estimated Trip Schedule:

    Leave Madison 

    Begin Boarding Oakwood West: 6:45 AM

    Depart Oakwood West: 7:00 AM

    Depart Capitol Lakes: 7:20 AM

    Depart East Towne Sears: 7:45 AM

    In Trempealeau 

    Arrive Trempealeau Memorial Library: 10:00 AM

    Walk on Little Bluff Mounds Trail from 11:30

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

    Nature Center at Perrot State Park: 1:30 PM

    Return to Madison (estimate) 

    Depart for Madison: 4:00 PM

    Arrive East Towne Sears: 6:30 PM

    Arrive Capitol Lakes: 6:45 PM

    Arrive Oakwood West: 7:00 PM

     

     

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

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

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

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

                

    Our Guides:  

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

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

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

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    Background Information

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

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

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

     Perrot SP

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

    Trempealeau County and Village:

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

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

    Trempealeau Hotel

    http://www.trempealeauhotel.com

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

    Cahokia

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

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    • August 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 0
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    The Wait is Over!

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

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

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the Balcony)

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own

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

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

    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton Itinerary  ~  ~ ~        

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

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

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

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM       Arrive at the CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

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

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

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

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


    Hamilton: An American Musical Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form

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

    • August 21, 2019
    • Sheboygan and Kohler
    • 10
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    John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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

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

    Exhibitions featured during our visit include:

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    Collective Consciousness: Mark Baum


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

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    The Autotopographers


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

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    Dr. Charles Smith - Aurora


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

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    Beauty Surplus: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

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

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    Washrooms

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

    Kohler Design Center


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

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

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


    James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden


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

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

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

    Lunch at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler


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

    Itinerary   

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

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

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

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    7:45 AM     Departs Oakwood

    8:10 AM     Departs Capitol Lakes

    8:30 AM     Departs East Towne Sears                                    

    Kohler

    10:30 AM     Arrives at Kohler Design Center

    11:30 AM     Arrives at Shops at Woodlake Center

    12:30 PM     Departs for Sheboygan

    Sheboygan

    12:45 PM    Arrives at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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

    3:00 PM      Departs for James Tellen Sculpture Garden

    3:45 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:45 PM      Arrives at East Towne Sears

    6:15 PM      Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    6:35 PM      Arrives at Oakwood Village West

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

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

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

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

    For further information contact Kohler Trip Organizer

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



     
    • September 11, 2019
    • 7:15 AM - 6:15 PM
    • Cedarburg and Milwaukee, WI
    • 28
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    Lynden Garden

    Spend a relaxing, fun day with PLATO visiting the unique repurposed farmstead housing the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum.  The museum is located just east of historic downtown Cedarburg, WI.  In September the museum will have a special exhibit on quilts and fiber arts designed around the theme of water.  Then have lunch on your own among the many shops and small restaurants of Cedarburg, or bring a picnic lunch to picnic along Cedar Creek.  After lunch we will visit the nearby Lynden Sculpture Garden. Lynden offers a wonderful experience of art in nature with more than 50 monumental sculptures spread across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.  The sculpture collection includes pieces by Alexander Archipenko, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Clement Meadmore, Marta Pan, Tony Smith, Mark di Suvero and many others.  There will also be a special Bonsai exhibit at Lynden that we can see that day indoors at the house. 

    At the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

    Interior of the Wisc. Quilt Museum

    We will take a docent led 1 hour tour of the collection and special exhibit called Water with a very limited amount of time afterwards to visit the shop or look around on your own. Water will bring together an exceptional group of diverse artists whose work is inspired by the expressive possibilities of water.  Water covers seventy percent of the earth’s surface—it is ever changing and ever present—a powerful and valuable resource that contours our landscapes, permeates our lives, and spurs our imaginations. The works in this exhibition will range in focus, from addressing issues of conservation and climate change to embracing water’s evocative qualities and formal beauty.  The museum is accessible and ADA compliant.  Contact info@wiquiltmuseum.com or call 262-546-0300 for more info.  The website is: https://wiquiltmuseum.com/

    Quilt of water falling

    Above: One of the Water exhibit quilts

    Lunch at Cedarburg On Your Own

    There are many shops and small restaurants in downtown quaint Cedarburg along Washington Ave where you will have approximately 1.5 hours to dine and/or explore on your own.  A partial list of possible restaurants and shops will be provided on the bus. Along this road are also several historic buildings, Amy’s Candy Shop, an old General Store and Historic Woolen Mill. You could also pack your own lunch and picnic along Cedar Creek, weather permitting.  For more information on Cedarburg see: http://www.ci.cedarburg.wi.us/visitors.  For information on the historic Cedar Creek settlement see:  http://www.cedarcreeksettlement.com.  At Cedar Creek Settlement the Anvil Pub & Grille is wheelchair accessible, other restaurants may require climbing a set of stairs.  The Settlement itself is built on the grounds of an old mill with walks of stone and brick which can be uneven. However, nearby restaurants and streets are more accessible.

    From its charming shops and boutiques to its meticulously maintained historic buildings, Cedarburg is a city you’ll never tire of exploring.  Irish and German settlers founded the community in the early 1840s, after falling in love with the picturesque countryside along Cedar Creek. Thanks to careful preservation of the city’s original structures, the downtown looks much as it did a century ago.  Cedarburg has two separate districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with more than 200 buildings of historical significance.  These structures in the heart of the city remain in use as shops, homes, museums, and public buildings, providing a focal point for the community’s daily life. 

    Cedarburg Mill and downtown

    Above: Cedarburg

    At the Lynden Sculpture Garden

    Lake at Lynden Sculpture Garden

    At the Lynden Sculpture Garden:  We will take a 1.5 hour docent-led tour of the Garden, which will take place rain or shine so bring appropriate walking attire and footwear, possibly an umbrella.  (We will not walk in the event of a major storm or lightning.)  The sculptures are on grassy lawns without paths and many of the surfaces are uneven. The house and restrooms are wheelchair accessible and there is a small rotating art collection in the house, as well as the Bonsai exhibit.  If the walking tour seems too strenuous, many of the sculptures can be viewed from the patio of the home, which offers a rotating small collection of art.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden tour is 1.5 hours of walking on uneven grass and turf--please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

    Lynden Sculpture Garden is the former home of Harry and Peg Bradley and opened to the public in May 2010.  The Lynden house and grounds were purchased by the Bradleys in 1927.  They retained the Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau to transform the flat farmland, with its small farmhouse and barn, into an English country garden.  The lake and rustic bridge spanning the water were designed to match Harry Bradley’s memories of the municipal grounds in Kansas City where he swam as a boy. In 1962, Peg Bradley—already an experienced art collector—began collecting the contemporary monumental sculptures that secured Lynden’s international reputation. She collected actively until her death in 1978, often inviting artists to Lynden to site their works.  For other questions, please contact:  info@lyndensculpturegarden.org or 414-446-8794.  The website is:  https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/


    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.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM     Begin boarding the bus at Oakwood West

    7:30 AM     Bus departs Oakwood West

    7:50 AM     Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Cedarburg (or sooner if every is aboard)

    Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum                              

    9:45 AM     Arrive at Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

    10:00 AM   Begin docent led 1 hour tour of the Museum

    11:15 AM   Depart the Museum for lunch in Cedarburg

    Lunch on your own in Cedarburg

    11:20 AM   Bus arrives in downtown Cedarburg for lunch and browsing on your own; If anyone wants, we can drop you at Cedar Creek Park where there are benches along the very pretty riverfront for picnicking on a nice day. You would then need to walk 3 blocks farther down the road to the Cedarburg Community Center to meet the bus after lunch.  People going to lunch at a restaurant will continue on the bus for 3 more blocks where the bus will park for lunch in front of the Cedarburg Community Center.  A list of local restaurants will be provided on the bus.

    12:55 PM Be back at the bus outside the Cedarburg Community Center, address: W63N643 Washington Ave. Cedarburg

    1:00 PM   Bus departs Cedarburg for the Lynden Sculpture Garden

    Lynden Sculpture Garden

    1:20 PM  Bus arrives at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

    1:30 PM  90 Minute docent-led tour of the Garden begins

    3:00 PM  Tour the Bonsai Exhibit or Garden or House on your own for 60 minutes

    4:00 PM Bus leaves for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:30 PM      Bus arrives at East Towne Sears

    5:55 PM      Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    6:15 PM      Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If this is a hardship for you, you must bring a guest who can help you both with the bus and during the Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour around a 40 acre park with no footpaths.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden tour is 1.5 hours of walking on uneven grass and turf--please wear comfortable walking shoes.  You may also want to bring an umbrella and raincoat.  

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $10.00 registration fee.

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

    Mail-In Registration Form:  Wisconsin Quilt Museum and Lynden Sculpture Garden Registration.pdf.

    Registration closes: August 28, 2019.

    For further information contact the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum and Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour Leaders:

    Sue Dentinger flumpo@gmail.com and 608-469-8766, or 

    Irene Zimmerman, irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com  and 608-658-4685

    • September 15, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 28
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    2 Pianos 4 Hands

    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Milwaukee Rep - Stackner Cabaret

    A Comedic Classical Music Duel

    For anyone who ever dreamed big—and then didn’t quite make it – comes the riotous story of two childhood friends who spent years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious portrayal of pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good musicians. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, this wildly popular show not only hits all the right notes, it tickles the ivories and your funny bone too.

    Running time: 2 hours with one intermission. Learn more by visiting the 2 Pianos 4 Hands website.

    Our play will be in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. Information including photos about this unique theater venue.

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

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

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

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


    Lunch--Shopping--Sightseeing. You will have free time from when we arrive in Milwaukee until the play starts, approximately 2.5 hours. Lunch is on your own.There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. Suggestions include:

    Trip Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like any municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    Leave Madison

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

    9:20 AM Bus leaves Oakwood University Woods

    9:40 AM Bus leaves Capitol Lakes

    10:00 AM Bus leaves East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM     Bus arrives at Milwaukee Public Market 

    11:40 AM    Bus arrives at Milwaukee Rep E. Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    1:15 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Milwaukee Rep

    1:25 PM  Bus arrives at Milwaukee Rep E. Wells St. entrance

    2:00 PM  2 Hands 4 Pianos performance begins

    4:00 PM      2 Hands 4 Pianos performance ends

    4:00 PM     Begin boarding bus at E. Wells Street entrance. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

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

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:10 PM      Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:30 PM      Return to Oakwood University Woods

    The 2 Pianos 4 Hands Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form includes payment and mailing instructions.

    For further information, contact 2 Pianos 4 Hands theater trip organizers, Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478 or Sue  Josheff, sooziej@sbcglobal.net or 608-770-3828.                

 

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