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UW Student Recital Season

The Grand Hall will be filled this spring with weeks of beautiful music, courtesy of the UW School of Music students. Residents are welcome to attend all of these fine recitals. Let's give a warm welcome to these young musicians and show our appreciation by being on time, refraining from conversation with your neighbors during the recital, and especially, turning off your cell phones!

Madison Opera

The classic opera "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be presented by Madison Opera on Friday, April 26, 8pm, and Sunday, April 28, 2:30pm, in Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts. We are grateful to have received a preview of this performance on April 9 in the Grand Hall. Capitol Lakes will provide a bus to the Sunday, April 28, performance. You are on your own to order and pay for your tickets for the performance of your choice. Call 238-8085, or go in person to the Box Office. (Phone in advance to learn box office hours.) See to consult seating options and prices. Sign up at the MainGate desk for the bus to the Opera on April 28.

Attention Marketing Ambassadors:

The Art Committee is looking for two individuals to volunteer at the upcoming Gallery Night on May 3. One individual will be stationed in the Henry Street Café and the other will be stationed on the PL Level by the photography exhibit, both from 7:00-8:00 p.m. These individuals are needed to greet guests with a warm, friendly smile and be available to answer basic questions about Capitol Lakes, how to get from one exhibit to the next, etc. You do NOT need to be an art expert—that's why committee members will be present the night of the event.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Morgan by April 29 at or 608-283-2046.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

And have a piece of dark chocolate with your Merlot! Researchers have found that chocolate contains flavonoids. Just like green tea and red wine. As a bonus, dark chocolate may also lower your blood pressure!

Adventure Trips

All trips depart from the Henry St. Circle entrance. Sign up at the MainGate desk starting the Friday before the departure date, unless otherwise indicated.

April 28, 1:00 & 1:40 PM (and 1:50 PM if necessary) Bus to Madison Opera Riders will return with the same group the came with: 1:00 PM riders will be the first to return after the opera, then the 1:40 group, then the 1:50 group.

April 30, 8:30 AM - Wisconsin Historic Site: Villa Louis Tour, Prairie Du Chien SIGN UP ENDS FRIDAY APRIL 26!! This site is also known as the "House on the Mound". It is the home of Hercules Dousman, a fur trader and early settler of Wisconsin. We will have a late breakfast and an in-depth tour with Susan R. Caya-Slusser, Curator of Interpretation & Collections. They are not yet open to the public so our group will get a very pleasant experience without any other visitors intruding and really have the whole site to ourselves! The cost for fruit, coffee, scones, and the tour is $15 per person. There is some walking between the visitor center, the fur trading museum, and the house. Ride the bus between sites if you want to save some steps. There are six or seven steps into the house (a lift is available) and about 20 steps between the 1st & 2nd floors (an alternate option is to skip the upstairs and look at a photo album depicting the upstairs rooms). The site has undergone a massive restoration and is in excellent condition. We plan to take two buses, but must call in the numbers on Friday April 26, so call the front desk ASAP!!!! To reserve your spot.

Please be sure to note the 8:30 AM departure time for Villa Louis on April 30!

May 7, 10 AM - Stoughton Historical Museum Come and learn about Stoughton's Norwegian Heritage and Syttende Mai celebration, see a 1925 Fire Engine and an exhibit on the Martin Luther Children's Home. We'll stop for lunch at Culver's.

May 17, 4:30 PM - Friday Night Fish Fry - Fitzgerald's, Middleton Now that the weather is warming up, we're going to add Friday Night Fish Fries to our van schedule on the third Friday of the month. We'll choose a different stop every time. Your suggestions are welcome! Sign up starts on May 10.

Sunday Church Van Schedule Change

Just a reminder that the Sunday van schedule has changed. The bus now goes to St. Bernard's for Catholic Mass on Sundays instead of St. Patrick's, departing at 9:20 AM. The 8:40 Bus will continue its' normal route, which includes stops at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 1st United Methodist and Bethel Lutheran Churches. Please sign up now at the MainGate desk for a ride to any of these churches.

Shopping Trip Info

The "East Towne" and West Towne" shopping trips will now be called Madison East and Madison West, to more accurately reflect that these trips make numerous stops in the East Towne and West Towne areas.
View our list of common stops here.

Summer Tours

You may want to mark your calendar for the following tours scheduled for later this spring and summer. Sign up dates will be announced in the Scoop.

  • May 28: Circus World Museum, Baraboo
  • June 11: International Crane Museum, Baraboo
  • June 25: Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (the Domes), Milwaukee
  • July 9: Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh - Dale Chihuly Exhibit

Possible Tours

Are you interested in any of the following tours? They require 1 - 2 hours bus trip each way, plus a tour and lunch, so will take up the better part of a day (6 - 7 hours). Some involve a fair amount of walking. If interested, please call Mary at 283-2003, and if at least 6-8 people show interest, she will add these to our list of summer tours.

Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot is the estate of theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. It is a world-class house museum and national resource for theatre, arts, and arts education. The cost of the tour is $35 per person, and includes the Main House, the rustic Studio, the Enchanting Cottage, the restored gardens, and the exteriors of the Poolhouse, Greenhouse, and Creamery.

Bergstrom Mahler Glass Museum in Neenah began when Ernst Mahler, a Neenah resident and inventor/founder of Kimberley Clark Corporation, purchased a collection of drinking glasses in Germany in 1931 as a gift for his wife. It has expanded to include an incredible collection of paperweights, Victorian Glass Baskets, and contemporary glass pieces, plus special exhibits. Free admission.

Taliesin Highlights, Spring Green This tour includes a guided tour of the highlights of Taliesin, Hillside, Assembly Hall, and the Drafting Studio of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The cost is $47 per person. This new walking & riding tour is 2 hours long, about half the time of the more extensive, $80 tour you may be familiar with.

House on the Rock

The House on the Rock is a complex of architecturally unique rooms, streets, gardens, numerous collections, and shops designed by Alex Jordan, Jr. Extensive walking is required. Admissions tickets are $28.50 per person.

Message from the President

President's Letter

Be glad you are here instead of in Minneapolis this morning where it has again been dumping snow on them again.…
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This Week's Events

UW - Sam Hartley Recital
Friday, April 26, 7 PM

UW Tiffany Yeh et al
Collaborative Piano Recital

Sunday, April 28, 3:30 PM

UW Mark Bridges Doctoral Recital
Tuesday, April 30, 7 PM

Ancora String Quartet
Wednesday May 1, 7 PM

UW Ben Li Recital
Thursday, May 2, 7 PM

UW Steven Groth
Vocal Recital

Saturday, May 4, 11 AM

UW Tatiana Koike
Flute Recital

Saturday, May 4, 2 PM

Nora Liu Violin Recital
Saturday, May 4, 7 PM

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