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2015 Season for Concerts on the Square Looks Awesome!

June 28, 2015

It’s that time of year again.  When all of Madison seems to rush to the capitol square at 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons to “claim their spot” on the lawn of the capitol for an evening of great music and people watching.  What is it–The 2015 Season of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concerts on the Square.

If you’re a first time attendee–there are some do’s and don’t to this great event.

3 PM
Blankets may be placed on the lawn after 3 pm.

5 PM
Food and Beverage Booths open.  Kids’ Area opens.

7 PM
Concert begins

Seating is available on the Capitol lawn. For older adults or individuals with special needs, limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis along the S. Pinckney St. and Main St. sidewalk areas.

The Information Booth is located near the King St. corner on S. Pinckney Strett.  Receive First Aid, check lost & found or get program information.

The decision to continue or postpone a concert due to weather conditions will be made at 3 pm on concert days.

TalkingFor the enjoyment of others around you, please refrain from talking while the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is performing.

Recording: In compliance with copyright laws and contractual arrangements with artists, audio and video recording of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performances are prohibited.

Tony Robinson Decision Should be a Watershed Moment for Madison

May 12, 2015

I’ve been following this story since that tragic night on March 6 with Tony Robinson was shot and killed by a Madison police officer.  The initial reaction by most, including me, was outrage that an unarmed “kid” would be shot in an apartment stairwell by someone charged to “Serve and PROTECT”.

In the days that followed, however, I began to change my opinion.  You see Anthony Robinson was a troubled young man.  In fact in April 2014 he was convicted of armed home invasion of a home in Madison.  Interestingly enough he was never incarcerated for this crime, although found guilty.  One could argue had that happened, he would be alive today.   In the initial investigation of the altercation he had with the officer who killed him, it was revealed that he had allegedly ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms the day he was shot.

Now that the full report is being released not only did he ingest the mushrooms, his roommate admitted that they got high on pot that day as well.

So here we sit, a city in protest about a 19 year old’s life taken.  That is tragic.  I do feel for the family and their loss.  Yet I can’t help but feel what we need now is true LEADERSHIP from not only the city but also from the African American community as well.  What do I mean?  When will the black leaders step out and start shouting down the violent culture that seems to emanate from just a small faction of the community?  Where will the “Al Shartpon’s” of the world show up to say, Stop being Thugs.  Stop Doing Drugs.  Stop Idolizing a life of violence and crime!  When is that going to happen?

I put the point of that spear right with President Obama.  Here we sit.  At a time in our country’s history when we have our first Black President and he doesn’t even show leadership on this issue.  Instead, as I just witnessed on a CNN report where he sat at a table to discuss these issues by simply saying…I broke out of this and so can anyone else.  Is that leadership?  How about shouting down the small percentage of the criminals in our communities?  How about telling them to clean up their behavior or get out of the US?

It seems any form on LEADERSHIP on this is coming from our First Lady first shared in her commencement speech in Alabama this weekend.

I see this as a HUGE opportunity for the President to truly leave his legacy.  You don’t need the African American community to get re-elected any longer.  You could use your position and power to truly change the conversation within the entire country.

I’ve been nearly a lifelong resident of Madison.  I love this city in spite of some of the craziness it sees from time to time.  Let’s not allow this to change our city for the worse.  I believe we can be a city of complete inclusiveness.  I believe that can ONLY happen when we start treating each other as Madisononians–not giving every part of our diverse community clear distinctions.  Criminals are criminals.  Great citizens are great citizens.  Let’s DEMAND Leadership on this and see what can happen.

City to Tow Cars on Certain Streets Beginning at 1 a.m. tomorrow

December 21, 2012

Don’t loose your car.  Here’s the press release:

Madison Named Best Place for Young Adults

August 3, 2012
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Exactly why I love living in Madison.  Even as I become one of the “Old Guys” in Madison the energy and vibe the young adults in Madison bring to the city makes it a place that keeps me young as well.

Kiplinger reported that based upon our low unemployment rate (4.9%) our relatively good cost of living (108.2%) and many other factors. we are the #1 US city for Young Adults. 

Here’s what they said: “Madison is an educated, tech-savvy city, filled with recent grads who have  enough energy to launch a dozen start-ups and still have time to check out that  brewpub down the block.”

You can read the entire article here:

Dane County Farmer’s Market Named 1 Of Best

June 8, 2012

USA Today called the Dane County Farmer’s Market One of the Best in the World. Iagree  and  quite often find I take for granted just how wonderful it is. You can read their story here. medium=rss&utm_campaign=farmers-market-named-one-of-worlds-best-by-usa-today


June 5 Election Find out Where to Vote-Madison Polling Places

June 4, 2012

With one of the most interesting races about to conclude, don’t miss out on your chance to cast your vote.  The City of Madison Clerk’s office has developed an great website to get you to the correct polling place.  You can find it by clicking this link.

Regardless of where you stand on the issues, I for one, am grateful this day is finally here.  I’d like to get Central Madison back to how it used to be without the protests, without the horn blowing and without the angry mobs who seem to be angry at everyone.



I’m Excited About Saturday Night’s Concert

April 12, 2012

This Saturday, April 14th is the 15 Year Anniversary Concert of one of the most entertaining groups of singers in the Madison Area. Who you might ask? None other than the UW Madhatters

I’ve been able to attend their concerts for the past 4 years and they are always fun, well attended and more importantly, well performed. I’m certain Saturday night will be no different.

New this year, the Spring Concert will be at Overture Hall in the Overture Center. What a great venue!

Get your tickets by clicking this link.

Thursday Five: Tax Season Reminds Us of the Benefits of Home Ownership

April 12, 2012
  • Find out why real estate is poised for a comeback this spring and why the mortgage interest deduction is important to the economy as a whole. Read

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Madison Police Department Central District Newsletter

June 6, 2011

It’s been a while since we’ve received one of these.  In reviewing it there seems to be a few changes for the MPD as well as the challenges the Central District more than likely encountered from mid-February on with the protests, etc…..  To read the newsletter, click this link.

MadHatters Delight Sold Out Show

April 17, 2011

A few years ago I had the chance to hear the UW MadHatters sing at an a cappella event.  I loved their sound.  They had fun, sounded great and the audience loved them.

Since that time I’ve made a point to attend their spring concert.  Last year it sold out before I could buy tickets.  This year I scored the tickets early.  The show was at the Orpheum Theater on State Street.  The line to get in to the general admission show started to que up at 6:30 for an 8:00 show.    Again, the 1 show was sold out.  The Oprheum seats roughly 1800 people. 

The show began a little late as people were still being seated.  The opening act was the Madison West High School A Cappella.  Gotta give them credit they looked as if they were having fun.  Need a little work on the tightness of the singing and stage presence yet overall enjoyable.

The 2nd opening act I’m not sure I understand.  It was Wisconsin Bhangra–a co-ed cultural dance team dedicated to teaching and performing Bhangra at the UW.  Bhangra is an Indian form of dance.  It was set up by a tongue and cheek showing of their version of the reality show “Jersey Shore” entitled something like “Punjabi Shore”.  Their dance numbers were very energetic and fun to watch.

Then there was a 15 minute intermission.  So bear in mind, you que up in the line for a seat at 6:30 p.m.  wait until doors open at 7:00 p.m. then depending upon where you were in the line, got seated anywhere from 7:00-8:10 p.m.  Then there are opening acts for 1 hour and now a 15 minute intermission.  The MadHatters didn’t take to the stage until almost 9:30. 

What’s amazing is people do this every year in order to see and hear their spring concert. 

Once the MadHatter took the stage they thoroughly entertained.  The show didn’t end until nearly 10:45 and the crowd was on their feet for the last 2 numbers. 

Are they good?  Absolutely!  There’s a reason they sell out every show.  They are great peformers.  Their vocals are incredible.  They enjoy what they do and it shows. 

Highlights (in my opinion) were the Beat Box performance by Andrew Fitzpatrick which literally had everyone in the audience in awe of his ability to recreate and perform so many percussion and other sounds.  The other hightlight was the encore number dedicated to female performers…topped off with a vocal and DANCE rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” with 2 MadHatter back up dances and Bucky Badger.  Truly a crowd pleaser.

If you ever get a chance to hear these guys perform–DO IT.  Even with the hassles of the venue, long lines, etc…it was worth it.

By the way, they have recorded 6 albums since their inception in 1997.  If you like a cappella music, these are worth a download.  You can visit their store by clicking this link.   Also, a certain percentage of their proceeds go to a charitable cause.  This year its the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society.