Upcoming events

    • August 26, 2022
    • May 26, 2023
    • 10 sessions
    • Marquette Hotel Cafe, 414 S. Baldwin St, Madison, WI 53703

     We encourage those who wish to wear masks to do so.



    Breakfast Get-Together

    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members for breakfast or a chat over a cup of coffee

    Eastside Location:  Madison Marquette Hotel Cafe

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Madison Marquette Hotel Cafe
    • Breakfast Menu, directions and hours
    • Parking: Street Parking available
    • Organizers: Catherine Masi  cat100tothesea@gmail.com
      and Peggy Zalucha  pfz@zalucha.com
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let one of the organizers know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email
    • COVID Protocol: Please continue to use a masks at this event unless you are eating.


    • September 19, 2022
    • October 09, 2022


    Many Fall courses begin the week of September 19. Most Fall courses will meet once a week for 10 weeks.  Be sure to check the course list to see the dates, times and lengths of individual courses.  

    The end date on this calendar event does not refer to the end of the Fall courses. It refers to the date that this message will no longer be public.  That makes room for a new message to be available.

        

    • October 09, 2022
    • 7:15 AM - 7:45 PM
    • Chicago
    • 56

    CANCELLED

    DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION


    Sunday October 9, 2022

    Registration Deadline is September 8


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    PLATO's COVID Protocol


    By REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT

    you AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING: 

    1. Masks are not required while on this field trip.  

    2. However, persons wishing to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.

    3. Health  protocols are subject to change as conditions change; PLATO reserves the right to   change the protocols for this trip accordingly.

    4. You are asked to stay home if you are not feeling well. Please contact the trip organizer to inform them of your decision.


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    Historic Pullman House Tour

    In the spring of 2018 PLATO organized a field trip to Chicago for a walking tour of the Pullman Historic District.  On the trip home many of the participants said that they wished they could have viewed the inside of  the houses. 

    On Sunday, October 9 you will have that opportunity because we will be going to Pullman on the one weekend each year that Pullman residents open their homes to the public for the annual Historic Pullman House Tour. 

    Tour homes are chosen to present a cross-section of the different types of housing in Pullman and the many ways that homeowners blend the past and present in their historic homes.  These 140-year-old landmark homes range from executive mansions to 14-foot wide worker’s cottages to multi-unit apartments, all with a charm and uniqueness that is part of the Pullman experience.


    Owners of Pullman's landmark houses maintain the historic details on the exterior. The private side of Pullman residences which will be opened to the public for the tour reflect the style and taste of modern residents including beautifully restored interiors as well as tasteful modern renovations. 

    You will have four hours to explore the area on your own.  At the visitor center you will be given a brochure which acts as your ticket. The brochure will list about a dozen historic structures including seven houses that you can visit.  The tour is in a very walkable small geographic area with the brochure giving detailed information about each stop.  You can go to as many or as few stops as you want in whatever order you want.



    Pictured above is a ticket from the 2019 House Tour.  The houses on this year's tour will be different.





    The Pullman Historic District, located 16 miles south of downtown Chicago, was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States.  The district is significant for its historical origins in the Pullman Company, one of the most famous company towns in the United States and scene of the violent 1894 Pullman strike.  It was built for George Pullman as a place to produce the famous Pullman sleeping cars.


    By developing a total environment, superior to that available to the working class elsewhere, Pullman hoped to attract the most skilled workers to build his luxury rail cars, and to attain greater productivity as a result of the better health and spirit of his employees.

    Construction of the town was executed by Pullman employees. Structures were made of brick, fashioned from clay found in Lake Calumet.   This project was one of the first applications of industrial technology and mass production in the construction of a large-scale housing development. The town of more than 1,000 homes and public buildings was completed by 1884.

    Each dwelling was provided with gas and water, access to complete sanitary facilities, and abundant quantities of sunlight and fresh air. Front and back yards provided personal green space, while expansive parks and open lands provided larger, shared ones. Maintenance of the residences was included in the rental prices, as was daily garbage pickup.


    In 2021 the National Park Service opened the new $35 million Pullman National Monument visitor center (seen above).  Built in 1880, the Administration Clock Tower Building formed the central mass of a monumental structure seven hundred feet long. As the manufacturing center of Pullman, the Administration and Factory Complex was an unusually ornate industrial building designed to sit in a park-like setting.  The visitor center contains an exhibit area.




    The Pullman Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970, and named a National Monument in 2015, making it a component of the National Park System.

    It should be a great day.  You will be seeing beautiful homes, selected public buildings, exhibits and a video on the history of this unique landmark district, enjoying music, food, antique cars (Sunday only), and so much more.

    For more information about Pullman see

    YouTube Video about the 2021 Pullman House Tour

    The History of Pullman

    Pullman History Site Map

    A Look at the Pullman National Monument

    Websites about Pullman


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    Lunch

    There are no restaurants in the Pullman Historic District.  A Culvers and a Potbelly Sandwich Shop are a half-mile from Pullman that we will stop at for a quick lunch.  If you want to bring your own lunch, after we drop folks off at Culvers and Potbelly,  the bus will drop you off at a park in Pullman that has tables where you can eat your lunch. 


    Be sure to bring snacks and water for the rest of your day at Pullman.


     

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    Miscellaneous

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee for members is $79 which includes the bus and driver's tip and your ticket for the house tour.   Lunch is not included in the registration fee.   Non-member guests pay an additional $16 registration fee.

    Registration Policy:  No refunds will be issued after  September 8 unless there are extenuating circumstances.  We encourage you to register early so we know if we have enough people to make the trip financially feasible.

    Dress Appropriately:    You will be spending most of the afternoon outside so dress appropriately for the weather (i.e., comfortable, closed-toed shoes, umbrellas, raincoats, jackets, hats and gloves).

    Accessibility Policy:   On the 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 houses that you will be visiting were built in the late 19th century, have many steps, and are not very accessibility friendly.

    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 $16 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1. 

    Mail-In Registration Form:  Print, Fill-in, and Mail this Form  -  for those who wish to register off-line and by check.

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    Bus and Travel Details


    We will have a 56-passenger Van Galder/CoachUSA bus.  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 our destination on time to begin our adventure.


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

    Our bus is equipped with WiFi and toilet facilities. 

    - Social Distancing will not be available on the bus.

    Leaving Madison

    7:15 AM   Westside: Bus arrives for boarding at Oakwood University Woods

    7:30 AM   Westside: Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

    7:50 AM   Central: Bus departs from Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM   Eastside: Bus departs East Towne Sears (across from Culvers)


    Lunch Stop

    11:15 AM   Arrive at Culvers/Potbelly Sandwich Shop

    11:55 AM   Depart Culvers/PotBelly


    Pullman Historic Monument
    12:00 PM   Arrive  Pullman

    4:00 PM   Depart Pullman for Madison


    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    7:00 PM   Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM  Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:45 PM   Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods


    For further information, contact the trip organizers:

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

    Marsha Janota, marshflowr@gmail.com or 608-442-7676

    • October 11, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 7440 W Old Sauk Rd, Verona, WI
    • 17
    Register






    What to Expect


    The Pope Farm Conservancy

     "Come out to Pope Farm Conservancy and get acquainted with a wonderful Town of Middleton treasure! The Pope Farm Conservancy is a unique location with the focus on learning about the land, past and present. We’ll walk over grassy and limestone trails and learn about the local archeology, farming, geology and natural history.  This is one of the high points in our area, and we will walk where three different watersheds meet. The story of this land and the people involved should delight and inspire you.

    The view from the top of the hill is spectacular, from the flowering prairies to the view of Lake Mendota and the Capitol. Sunflowers have not been planted this year.  Erosion has always been a concern, and we’ll visit  the Spillway built by the Civilian Conservation Corp which has saved the North Slope from serious damage. 

    Please wear close toed shoes and dress for the weather, which is usually windy and more extreme than the surrounding area. 

    Normally, the fields of Sun Flowers are ready to bloom in early August. This year the crop rotation will not include Sunflowers. 

    Things to See & Do

    WILDLIFE

    See the tremendous abundance of grassland birds that feed on the Prairies, Sunflowers, Sorghum, Winter Wheat, and Oats.  Some of these species are rare.

    WATERSHEDS

    Stand on top of three different watersheds to enjoy the view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol, and Black Earth Creek Valley.

    GEOLOGY & GLACIER FORMATIONS

    Learn how the glacier formed Pope Farm Conservancy 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. View three different recessional moraines, three watersheds, and thousands of rocks that give you a feeling of the power of the glacier that once covered the land.

    NATIVE AMERICANS

    Learn about 12,000 years of human history in this area.  Find out where Indian villages, trails, campsites, and burial sites were located.

    NATIVE AMERICAN GARDEN

    Study a replica of a 1,000 year old Native American garden, and how their knowledge contributed to agriculture.

    LOG CABIN SITE

    Follow the route of German immigrants from Mecklenburg to the Town of Middleton in the 1800’s.  Learn who they were and how they lived.

    TRAIL SYSTEM

    Walk seven miles of trails through crops, prairie, and woodlands. Trail signs will guide you along the way. Click Here for a detailed trail map.

    PICNIC AREA

    Picnic on top of three different watersheds and enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of the area including; Lake Mendota, the Capitol, and Black Earth Creek Valley.

    STONE FENCE

    Walk along an historic stone fence built over 150 years ago when settlers cleared the glacial debris from the land.

    PRAIRIE RESTORATION

    Watch the ongoing process of restoring the land to 6 different prairies including an Oak Savanna.

    CROPS

    See a variety of crops including Sunflowers. Learn what they are, where they come from and how they are used.

    CCC SPILLWAY

    Observe how erosion is being controlled today by the work done by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s.  Who was the CCC, what did they do, and why were they here?

    INTERPRETIVE SIGNS

    Interpretive signage will guide you through Pope Farm Conservancy to enhance your visit. Click Herefor a list of our existing signage.

    Venue 

    Main Entrance

    The main entrance is 2 miles west of the Beltline (Hwy 12/18) on Old Sauk Road.

    • Lower Parking Lot: The lower parking lot is open from sunrise to sunset for people who want to hike from the entrance.  We will be using this parking lot for our walk.
    • Upper Parking Lot: The upper parking lot can be used by the elderly, disabled, and families with small children. The Upper Parking Lot closes one half hour before sunset. This lot is closed during the winter season.  We will not use this parking lot since it closes before our walk ends.

    Bike Racks

    Bike racks are available at the Old Sauk and Upper Parking lots. No biking is allowed on the trails.

    Map & Directions




    • October 14, 2022
    • November 11, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 402 W. Lakeside St, Madison, WI 53715-1702

     

    We're Inside This Month

    at Lakeside Street Coffee House

    Every 2nd Friday of the Month

    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members for breakfast or a chat over a cup of coffee

    Location:  Lakeside Street Coffee House

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Lakeside St. Coffee House, 402 W Lakeside St, Madison,53715
    • Directions from John Nolan Drive and Beltline
    • Parking: Street Parking
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • Rain Considerations: Event will be held
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Thursday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    • COVID Protocol: Wear a mask to the event if you prefer.

    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com  or 608-280-8050

    • October 16, 2022
    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 21
    Register

    Back by Popular Demand! 

    TITANIC THE MUSICAL

    MILWAUKEE REP
    QUADRACCI POWERHOUSE
    Sunday, October 16, 2022

    Registration Deadline September 15

    Winner of five Tony Awards, Titanic The Musical is a stirring and unforgettable account of the first and last days of the ship of dreams. This epic musical features real stories of people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, from third-class immigrants dreaming of a better tomorrow, to first-class passengers living a life of fame and fortune. This stunning and majestic musical sails back after being curtailed by the pandemic to kick off the 2022/23 Season. More information from the show's website.

    PLATO's Covid Protocol

    By registering for this event you agree to the following: 

    1. Masks are not required while on this field trip.

    2. However, persons wishing to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.

    3. Health protocols are subject to change as conditions change; PLATO reserves the right to change the protocols for this trip accordingly.

    4. You are asked to stay home if you are not feeling well. Please contact the trip organizer to inform them of your decision.

    Please note: social distancing will not be available on the bus, at lunch or in the theater.


    Titanic will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. Information and photos about this unique theater venue.

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

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Accessibility Policy: On the 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.

    Pre-Show Discussion: Optional, but free and highly recommended. It starts at 1:15 PM, but you can enter at any time. 

    Free Time: From 11:00 am until the show begins at 2:00 pm there will be free time for lunch, shopping, and exploring. Lunch is on your own, but there is a Group Lunch Option to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Please note that the cost of lunch is separate and as such is not included in your registration fee.

    Our Group Lunch is at Onesta.  Italian for “honest,” Onesto puts a modern twist on Italian cuisine that’s fresh and flavorful.  Located in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, Onesta's elegant service and a unique menu that has been frequently named among the best Italian in Milwaukee.  Our bus cannot use the street in front of Onesto, so diners must be able to walk a city block to the restaurant.  We will be in the intimate second-floor event space, a warm and inviting urban loft.  There is no elevator to our dining room so diners must be able to climb the steep stairs.  Each diner is responsible for their own dining costs. We will be emailing registrants to find out your meal choice. We have a large group and that is necessary to save time. Again lunch is not included in your registration.


    Our bus will also drop-off and pick-up at the Milwaukee Public Market for lunch alternatives. There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market. There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose.

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List - Check to see if they are open.

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List - Check to see if they are open.

    There are also 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. Again, check to see if they will be open. Many restaurants are limiting hours due to Covid.

    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.

    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.

    Leaving Madison

    8:45 AM   Westside: Bus arrives for boarding at Oakwood University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Road

    8:55 AM   Westside: Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

    9:20 AM   Central: Bus departs from Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main St.

    9:50 AM   Eastside: Bus departs from New Location - Oakwood Prairie Ridge, 5565 Tancho Drive, Madison.  Leave for Milwaukee (sooner if everyone is aboard).

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM   Drop off at Milwaukee Public Market for ???? and additional nearby  restaurants  

    11:10 AM   Drop off at Milwaukee Rep (if necessary)

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

    1:15 PM   Rep-in-Depth optional pre-show discussion begins 

    2:00 PM   Titanic performance begins

    4:20 PM   Titanic performance ends and bus boarding begins. (There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.)

    4:50 PM   Depart for Madison (sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    6:00 PM   Bus returns to Oakwood Prairie Ridge

    6:30 PM  Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:45 PM   Bus returns to 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 $18 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on August 1.  

    Mail-In Registration Form:   Print, complete and mail in the Titanic Mail-in Registration Form.

    For further information contact the Trip Organizer: 

    Sue Josheff sooziej@sbcglobal.net or 608-770-3828

    • October 25, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • State Highway 92 Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
    • 25
    Registration is closed



    Free to members and their guests.



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





    The Walk:

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

    What to expect on the walk:

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

    Park Description:

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

      Microphone:

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

      Driving and Parking Information.Direction:

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

      We will meet at:

      Sutter Road entrance Parking Lot

      State Highway 92

      Mt. Horeb, WI 53572

      Get Directions

      Lunch following walk:

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

      • November 08, 2022
      • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Parking lot at Orchid Heights Park, 3960 Valley Ridge Road, Middleton.
      • 30
      Registration is closed


      Free to PLATO members and guests.


      Registration is recommended.






      Amy Rosebrough will lead us through portions of the Conservancy to Native American Effigy Mounds and talk about what they reveal about the early cultures that lived in the area thousands of years ago. She will explain the significance of their shapes, what these mounds meant to the people who built them, and the importance of maintaining these structures. According to Ms. Rosebrough, Wisconsin is home to more Native American earthworks than any other place in the world.  Dane County has more Effigy Mounds than any other location in the world.  During our walk, Amy will present an overview of the monumental earthen creations of Wisconsin and the Midwest, from burial mounds to ceremonial geometric earthen enclosures.

      Dr. Amy Rosebrough is a Middleton resident, a staff archaeologist with the State Archaeology and Maritime Preservation Program of Wisconsin Historical Society, and an alumna of UW-Madison. She is a specialist in Wisconsin's effigy mounds, and assists Wisconsin citizens with issues of archaeological and burial site preservation.

      The Walk

      Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a regionally significant natural area located on the north side of Middleton, Wisconsin. It contains a marsh with open water, springs, prairies, meadows, lowland forest, and wooded hills. 

      The diverse topography of the 160 acre site provides panoramic as well as close up views of prairies, wooded hillsides, the Pheasant Branch Creek wetlands and several predominant springs that provide fresh water for Lake Mendota. 

      A relatively flat walkway with some stretches of slight elevation will lead us around a portion of the perimeter of the conservancy. However, we will need to climb Fredricks Hill to view the effigy mounds of the Conservancy. 

      Driving and Parking Information

      We will meet in the parking lot at Orchid Heights Park, 3960 Valley Ridge Road, Middleton.  DIRECTIONS


      Additional Information:

      Several maps of the conservancy are available at the Friends of Pheasant Branch website:  http://www.pheasantbranch.org/

      Accessibility:
      • A three mile walk along a graded path makes this walk one of the more accessible we'll offer this year.  However the route we will follow will involve climbing Fredrick's Hill to view the effigy mounds.

      Microphone:

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

      Driving and Parking Information.

      • will be emailed the week of the walk.



      Additional Information:

      The Watershed

      Pheasant Branch Watershed* drains into Lake Mendota. It covers approximately 24 square miles in an area that includes portions of the Towns of Middleton and Springfield and the Cities of Madison and Middleton. (See map on page 5.)

      As the last glaciers began to melt about 13,000 years ago, much of the land west of present-day Highway 12 drained into the bed of Glacial Lake Middleton, the wetland flat along Airport Road in Middleton.

      Today, Pheasant Branch originates out of a glacial moraine in the Towns of Middleton and Springfield, and flows through the City of Middleton before entering Lake Mendota. The seven-mile long creek has four distinct parts: the South and North Forks upstream from and west of Highway 12, and the upper and lower portions of the main channel.



      • November 09, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
      • Online
      Register



      Wednesday November 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

      Online via Zoom or by Phone

      Registration Required


      Daytime viewing staples for seven decades, soap operas hold an important place in television history.   Elana Levine is a longtime soap opera fan who looks at the genre through two connected lenses: the role soaps have played in shaping cultural understandings of gender, as well as the rise and fall of network television’s influence on pop culture.


      Elana Levine is professor of media, cinema, and digital studies in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History (2020) and Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television (2007), co-author of Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (2012), and editor of Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early 21st Century (2015).

      To read more about Professor Levine and her book see UWM TV and Pop Culture Expert Traces Influential History of Daytime Soap Opera


      FREE TO PLATO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE LINK TO ATTEND.  PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE THE EVENT STARTS. QUESTIONS CAN BE WRITTEN IN DURING THE EVENT.

      As the lecture is online, you can use your computer or smartphone to access the lecture and see the speaker during the presentation. You will not be visible during the lecture, but you will be able to chat with the speaker by typing in your comments.

      If you do not have a computer or smartphone you can also use your regular phone to dial a phone number and listen to the talk.

      Questions?  Contact lecture organizer Trish Iaccarino  trish@uwalumni.com

      • November 17, 2022
      • Spring Green, Wisconsin
      • 31
      Register


      STones in his pockets @ American Players Theatre
      Touchstone Theatre
      Thursday, November
       17 matinee

      Registration Deadline October 16

      Join us Thursday, November 17th, for the American Players Theatre (APT) play, Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones. The "two-hander," where Nate Burger and Marcus Truschinski play every role, was the winner of the 2001 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Directed by Tim Ocel.

      Due to the popularity of this show, it is nearly sold out before its opening. APT has added another performance, sure to sell out as well, but you are assured of a seat with your PLATO ticket!

      Synopsis:  

      Rural Ireland gets a shot of Hollywood glam, and a village is sent spinning. Two down-on-their-luck men in a down-on-its-luck Irish town are given what they hope is a chance at the good life. Jake and Charlie have been cast as extras in a Hollywood movie--a shaft of light through the clouds of their dreary rural existence. Like most sets, this one is rife with drama on stage and off, some hilarious and some heartbreaking, as the American cast and crew try to immerse themselves in Jake and Charlie’s culture, and vice-versa. This unique and enthralling tragicomedy was originally slated for the 2020 season.

      Critics Agree:

      "...its content is as sharp a critique of the late-capitalist cultural machine as any." The Guardian, Mark Fisher, July 12, 2012

      "...it is easy to see why it has been a timeless hit."  Belfastmedia.com, James McCarthy, June 10, 2022

      For more information on the play, see APT's Stones in His Pockets website.

      PLATO's Covid Protocol

      By registering for this event you agree to the following: 

      1. Masks are not required while on this field trip except for inside the Touchstone Theatre--an APT requirement. Proof of vaccination is NOT required. 

      2. However, persons wishing to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.

      3. Health protocols are subject to change as conditions change; PLATO reserves the right to change the protocols for this trip accordingly.

      4. You are asked to stay home if you are not feeling well. Please contact the trip organizer to inform them of your decision.

      Please note: social distancing will not be available on the bus, at lunch or in the theater.

      Estimated Run Time: 2 hours 


      Seating:  Stones in His Pockets will be staged in APT's 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre, where every seat is a good one. It's about a 5-minute stroll from the parking lot, up a gentle slope (though there is a shuttle available if you prefer to ride). The path leads through the prairie to a beautiful, modern, intimate, and climate-controlled facility. Once inside, you'll find a gift shop, concession stand and restrooms--the same amenities as the Hill Theatre (but to slightly smaller scale). More information about this theater.

      Lunch: We will be stopping at the cozy country restaurant The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie for an early lunch, which is included in the price of registration. The meal will include soup, sandwich buffet, veggie tray, non-alcoholic beverages, and assorted bars and cookies. (There are no lunch options at APT in November.)

      Old Feed Mill interior

      Accessibility Policy: On the bus you must be able to climb steps to board and exit. 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 fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

      Itinerary

      Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Mazomanie  on time to begin our adventure.

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

      Leave Madison - Please arrive 15 minutes before departure                                          

      9:10 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, 5565 Tancho Dr, Madison, WI 53718                                                                                           

      9:30 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge

      10:00 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes, 333 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703

      10:25 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705 (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

      Mazomanie                                                                                          

      10:55 AM Bus arrives at The Old Feed Mill for group lunch

      12:15 PM Bus leaves The Old Feed Mill for American Players Theatre. 

      Spring Green

      12:35 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre. If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding--the route is short, but the shuttle may be small.                                                    

      1:00 PM Stones in His Pocket performance begins  

      3:00 PM Stones in His Pocket performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

      3:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

      Arrive Madison (estimated)     

                         

      4:20 PM Return to Oakwood Village University Woods

      4:40 PM Return to Capitol Lakes                       

      5:10 PM Return to Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge


      Mail-In Registration Form:

      If you are not registering online, you can print, complete, and mail in the Stones in His Pockets Mail-in Registration Form with your check.

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      For further information: Contact Stones in His Pockets theater trip organizer:

      Nancy McClements nancymcclements@gmail.com 608-358-4478

      • December 12, 2022
      • January 08, 2023


      • January 09, 2023
      • January 29, 2023


      • January 24, 2023
      • February 20, 2023

           PLATO Course registration always begins on a Tuesday four weeks before the week in which most courses begin.  


      The class list becomes public on the same day that registration opens.

      • February 20, 2023
      • March 20, 2023

        Many Spring courses begin the week of February 20. Most Spring courses will meet once a week for 10 weeks.  Be sure to check the course list to see the dates, times and lengths of individual courses.  


      The end date on this calendar event does not refer to the end of the Spring courses. It refers to the date that this message will no longer be public.  That makes room for a new message to be available.

      • November 30, 2023
      • Locations described in eaach event description
      • 25


      Free to PLATO Members and Guests

      No Registration Required

      COVID PROTOCOL 

      Persons wishing to wear a mask during any of the walks are encouraged to do so.


      The walks listed below are based on popular guided walks organized by PLATO'S Special Events Committee over the last 5 years. The descriptions are meant to aid you in finding interesting, welcoming, safe places to walk during the year and include driving and parking information. One walk requires permission to walk on the grounds. In that case the description of the walk describes the procedure to follow.

      1. A Self-Guided Walk in the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood

      2. Indigenous Earthwork (Indian Mound) on Lake Mendota's North Shore

      3. Stewart Lake County PArk

      4. POPE FARM CONSERVANCY

      5. Cherokee Marsh : Yahara Heights unit

      6. Cherokee Marsh - North unit

      7. Edna Taylor Conservation Park,  Aldo Leopoled Nature Center and Madison's Woodland Park

      8. Donald Park: Woods, hills and farmstead

      9. Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific ReserVE

      10. Pheasant branch conservancY

      11. Olin Park and turville point conservation park


      Questions?  Contact trip creator Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.  Please text me at 608-520-4448 for a 24 hr response.

    PLATO is proudly supported in part by Oakwood Village.


    PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

    for more information, contact us at:

    info@platomadison.org

    608-572-6869

    6209 Mineral Point Road #203
    Madison, WI 53705

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