It’s apple season! Yes, despite the summer-like temperatures in the first part of September, apple orchards around Madison are in the midst of harvesting this year’s crop. This is an excellent opportunity to sample local produce as well as experience our many farmers’ markets or venture out of the city to a nearby orchard.
Two of my favorite classical music events are starting up this month. First, in just one week, we are very excited to welcome the Silver Jubilee of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society’s Chamber Music Festival. BDDS never disappoints and it’s sure to be spectacular for its 25th season. This chamber group’s festival runs three weekends in June starting on the 10th. BDDS rotates its concerts through Madison’s Overture Center, the Stoughton Opera House, and Taliesin’s Hillside Theater in Spring Green – each a unique and beautiful venue. Artistic Directors Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes are wonderfully talented musicians who bring together an outstanding group of artists from all over the world. Together they create exquisite music all the while having a lot of fun! Continue reading
To start, this blog has nothing to do with presidential politics. I’m sure many readers are thankful for that. Instead, there is an event that turns 18 years old this month – the age eligible to vote – and has embraced the democratic process for many years. A warm welcome to spring, the Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) begins this week on Thursday and celebrates its 18th year bringing the joy of film to its fans. Continue reading
The Taste of Madison is upon us this weekend! Our restaurant culture in Madison is fabulous and what better way to celebrate it than by sampling food all weekend long.
Starting at 2pm on Saturday, restaurants, caterers, and other vendors will surround the Capitol Square for a fun two days of food, live music, and a festive finale to another beautiful Madison summer. To add to the fun, participants vote for their favorite food in a variety of categories with a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to a participating restaurant. The Taste of Madison supports local charities as well with volunteers working at over 26 beverage stands. Continue reading
Last week we marked our fourth anniversary at The Livingston Inn, also known on the National Register of Historic Places as the William T. Leitch House. On July 29, 2011, we opened our doors with excitement, and a little trepidation, for what would come. Looking back, I can say it’s pretty close to what we envisioned with a couple of small, but wise, adjustments along the way.
One wonderful gift that was finished and returned to the house in time for our fourth anniversary is a reupholstered chair and ottoman belonging to the third owner of the house, Nils Haugen. His great-granddaughter brought both items to us a few months after we moved in. It wasn’t until this year, though, that we had the opportunity to restore them as signature pieces of furniture at our B&B. The Nils Haugen chair and ottoman look right at home in front of the fireplace in the back parlor.
Last week I really enjoyed a supplement to our weekly newspaper, The Isthmus, called “Summer Times”. It reminded me of all the wonderful things Madison has to offer this time of year. Certainly we have our time-honored events like Concerts on the Square, Opera in the Park, Art Fair on the Square, and Paddle and Portage. But The Isthmus supplement was well done because it also featured things to do and see that are less familiar, either because they typically attract a smaller crowd or perhaps still have not been discovered by most residents and visitors. Of those, the following are ones I would recommend checking out for summer 2015: Continue reading
For a small city, there’s so much yet for me to learn about Madison.
Three years ago, we set up residence on this side of town at The Livingston Inn, having spent many years on the near west side. Several neighborhoods in Madison are ideal for walkers – interesting houses, small businesses, beautiful gardens – and the one around our B&B is no different. On one of my first walks around here, I saw a sign posted on a street corner, something like you’d see on a historic tour. I approached it to read: Here was Madison’s first African-American neighborhood.
After years of raising kids and taking family vacations, Peggy and I recently were able to get away and celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We spent some time on the west coast, and the weather, attractions, restaurants, and accommodations were wonderful. Despite all that, though, the time away heightened our appreciation of Madison. It’s not a sense of superiority, but more an awareness of all this small city in the Upper Midwest can offer both residents and visitors.
So, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’re presenting the many things we love about Madison. Continue reading
It has been quite a year for us, and as we head into the last half of our second full year of business (we hosted our first guests two years ago in July), Peggy and I wanted to take some time to express our appreciation for your support and enthusiasm toward The Livingston Inn and everything we’ve managed to accomplish. We couldn’t have done any of it without you, so THANK YOU! Continue reading