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Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum and Lynden Sculpture Garden

  • September 11, 2019
  • 7:15 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Cedarburg and Milwaukee, WI
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Estimated Trip Durations:
Oakwood West: 7:15 AM - 6:15 PM
Capitol Lakes: 7:50 AM - 5:55 PM
East Towne Sears: 8:15 AM - 5:30 PM

Member Registration: $46
Guest Registration: $56
Member + non-member Guest: $102

Registration Deadline: Wednesday August 28, 2019

Registration fee includes Badger Bus travel w/ WI-FI, Quilt Museum tour, and the admission and tour for the Lynden Sculpture Garden. (Lunch in Cedarburg on your own.)

Note: No refund for cancelations after 8/28/19.
Registration is closed

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/


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

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For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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