Upcoming events

    • 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 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

    • 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

PLATO is proudly supported in part by Oakwood Village.


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for more information, contact us at:

info@platomadison.org

608-572-6869

6209 Mineral Point Road #203
Madison, WI 53705

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