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    • May 24, 2024
    • January 24, 2025
    • 9 sessions
    • Rotunda Cafe in the Lobby of Lake Ridge Bank, 1965 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI

    COFFEE GATHERING

    Make new friends and meet new PLATO members over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks

    The Rotunda Ca
    fe

    1965 Atwood Ave  

    on Madison's near east side


    • Meet on Fourth Friday of each month

    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

    • Place: Rotunda Cafe, lobby of Lake Ridge Bank, formerly Monona Bank

    • Ambiance: With a unique, large seating area, The Rotunda Cafe is an attractive rotunda in what was once the Monona Bank building at Schenks Corners. Great ambiance with pleasant, soothing background music.

    • Place order at counter, bus own table 

    • Food choices are limited but do include breakfast burritos and doughnuts

    • There is a service fee for use of credit card

    • Parking: (see below)

    • RSVP or Questions? Email Catherine Masi, at cat100tothesea@gmail.com or Donaby Henton at aiexplorer125@gmail.com by Wednesday so they know you are coming. 

    • COVID Protocol: Please continue to use a mask if you desire

    Parking Options:

    • Street parking is available on either side of the bank, on Atwood and on Winnebago and further down both streets.

    • Parking is also available at Trinity Lutheran Church, 904 Winnebago St.  Please note:  The church requests a small good will donation which will be used to benefit a local neighborhood fund.  We will periodically request a few dollars donation for this from our members who use the lot.
    • Parking is also available in the lot behind United Way, 2059 Atwood Ave. Drive all the way in to the unmarked spaces toward the back of the lot.
      • June 14, 2024
      • August 09, 2024
      • 3 sessions
      • 800 Langdon St, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1419

       

      We're Outside June 14, July 12, August 9

      at The Memorial Union Terrace

      and at a new time: 10 am


      We will meet outside on the Memorial Union Terrace in the area behind the Rathskeller. Pete’s Coffee opens at 7am, serves bakery and small snacks – view their menu here. The Rathskeller, the hot dog stand, The Daily Scoop, and others open at 11am. The Strata will open later in the season.

      • NEW! Time: 10:00 am
      • NEW! Place: Memorial Union Terrace
      • Parking: The State Street Campus Garage, Lake Street structure, located at 415 N. Lake St. is  closed during redevelopment, severely limiting available parking in the area. The Francis Street side of the State Street Garage remains open during construction.
      • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish – look for Sharon setting up tables and chairs for the gathering.
      • Rain Considerations: If it rains, we'll move inside the Union. Look for Sharon who will be in the large glass-enclosed dining area.
      • 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? Contact Sharon: sscratti@gmail.com or 608-280-8050.


      • August 20, 2024

      PLATO Course registration generally begins on a Tuesday four weeks before the week in which most courses begin.  Registration generally ends after week 2 of the session.

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

      • August 29, 2024
      • Spring Green, Wisconsin
      • 6
      Register

      The Virgin queen Entertains her Fool

      American Players Theatre's Touchstone Theatre
      Thursday, August 29
       matinee

      Registration Deadline Friday, July 26

      Join us Thursday, August 29th, for the American Players Theatre (APT) world premiere play, The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Foolby Michael Hollinger and featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold, Jim DeVita, Josh Krause and Nancy Rodriguez.  

      Prepare for a wild, theatrical ride through the final hours of a waning Queen.  As her monarchy teeters, she defers her duties, seeking solace in her bawdy, irreverent Fool.  But there are others who may be more than they first appear.  Scheming players vie in a courtly game of incendiary secrets, ridiculous jests and the ever-current politics of power and privilege.  A witty, twisty thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat (and rolling in the aisles), be among the very first to see it for yourself. 

      Estimated Run Time: 2 hours      Contains adult themes & language.


      Seating:  The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool 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:  You are asked to bring your own picnic lunch or to purchase your lunch from APT.  They have a selection of sandwiches and salads including sides and a brownie.  Order online at (https://americanplayers.org/206/event-tickets) or call the APT Box Office at 608-588-2361.  Please note, picnics must be ordered in advance by Wednesday, August 28, no later than 4:00 pm.  We will eat lunch at APT at the outdoor picnic tables.  Depending on the weather, we may choose the tables under the roofed shelters.

      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 10 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 Spring Green on time to begin our adventure.


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


      Leave Madison - Please arrive 10 minutes before departure                

      10:15 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, 5565 Tancho Dr, Madison, WI 53718                                                                                           

      10:30 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge

      11:00 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes, 333 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703

      11:20 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705 (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

      Spring Green (estimated)

      12:10 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre.                                                   

      2:00 PM The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool performance begins.  If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding - the route is short, but the shuttle may be small.  

      4:00 PM ESTIMATED - The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

      4:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

      Arrive Madison (estimated)                      

      5:20 PM Return to Oakwood Village University Woods

      5:40 PM Return to Capitol Lakes                       

      6:10 PM Return to Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge


      Mail-In Registration Form:

      If you are not registering online, you can print, complete, and mail in this Registration Form with your check. 

      _______________________________________________________________________

      For further information: Contact The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool theater trip organizers:

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

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


      For further information: Contact The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool theater trip organizers:

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

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

      10:15 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, 5565 Tancho Dr, Madison, WI 53718                                                                                           

      10:30 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge

      11:00 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes, 333 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703

      11:20 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705 (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

      Spring Green (estimated)

      12:10 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre.                                                   

      2:00 PM The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool performance begins.  If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding - the route is short, but the shuttle may be small.  

      4:00 PM ESTIMATED - The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

      4:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

      Arrive Madison (estimated)                      

      5:20 PM Return to Oakwood Village University Woods

      5:40 PM Return to Capitol Lakes                       

      6:10 PM Return to Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge

      • September 16, 2024

      Many Fall courses begin the week of September 16.  Most Fall courses will meet once a week; the number of weeks is determined by each course coordinator.  The number of weeks is often 8 - 10 weeks, but some courses are fewer weeks, such as 4 - 6 weeks.  Be sure to check the course list to see the dates, times and lengths of individual courses.  

      Nonmembers may attend the first two sessions of a course at no cost, but if they intend to continue with the course, they should join PLATO by paying the appropriate fee. Residents of host facilities are exempt from fees when participating in PLATO activities at their residence.

          

      • December 09, 2024

      PLATO Course registration generally begins on a Tuesday four weeks before the week in which most courses begin.  Registration generally ends after week 2 of the session.

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


      • January 06, 2025


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