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Madison on the brink of impressive snow record for December 2008

The approach of Christmas Eve -- and still more imminent storms -- heightens the temptation to talk about the weather this December in biblical terms. As of Monday morning, the Milwaukee/Sullivan office of the National Weather Service was reporting 30.1 inches of snowfall on Madison for the first three weeks of the month. That's well ahead of the pace observed during last year's seasonal snow record, when a mere 23.6 inches had fallen over the same period. >More
 The Week on Forum: Meredith York, the Sequoya Library and the MAMAs

The Daily Page is stretching its wings. Each Friday, we'll post the best of your Forum comments from the previous week. We will sift and sort to find the most absurd posts, as well as the most thought-provoking and informative. >More
 Madison celebrates the 2008 winter solstice with fire, music, reverence, and more

Depending on whether you're the type of northern-hemispherean who tends to view the hourglass as half-empty or half-full, the winter solstice marks either the shortest day of the year or the longest night. True, it's both. But some people tend to approach the official beginning of winter as an occasion to dread all that darkness and cold, while others view it as an opportunity to gather in celebration. >More
 A Madison Santarchy 2008 Christmas wish list

The traditional Christmastime bar crawl known as Santarchy or Santacon appropriately returned to Madison this year on Saint Nicholas' Day. I've put together a Christmas wish list for some of the most memorable participants among the Santas and elves who braved the cold and harsh December night for the pure sake of chaos. >More
 Firs fly at UW Forestry Christmas tree sale

The air inside the UW Stock Pavilion often has a nip to it by the time the UW Forestry Club throws open the doors for its annual Christmas-tree sale. Some years, there are flurries outside. Inside, all those trees fill the pavilion with the holiday scents of fir and pine. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is ready to charm

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra certainly knows how to pick charmers for its Masterworks season openers. Last season opened with Mozart's sunlit 39th symphony and the vibrant orchestration of Arensky and Ravel. This season opens on Oct. 3 with equally charming and witty selections including Scarlatti's/Tommasini's "The Good-Humored Ladies Suite," Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 2 in D Major." >More
 Costumes reign at Geek.Kon 2008: Homages to nerd culture everywhere

The geek elite was out in full-costumed force this weekend for the second annual Geek.Kon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which simultaneously drew amused smiles and bemused headshakes from casual passers-by and n00bs like me. The campus setting was a bit labyrinthine, with patrons wandering from room to room excitedly, but it was fitting. What better place for a total nerd fest than the decrepit windowless sweat sock that is the Humanities building and the equally dank Vilas Hall on Park Street? >More
 A Willy Street Fair rookie breathes it all in

Over the weekend, the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood banded together to host the 31st annual Willy Street Fair, a distinctly Madison tradition.  It came and went in a flurry of tie-dyed and tattooed family-friendly excitement that ensured this unique community is indeed flourishing in many ways.  The neighborhood retains its characteristic DIY mentality while remaining proudly globally informed and politically active. >More
 A preview tour of the Goodman Atwood Community Center

When the Goodman Atwood Community Center re-opens on Tuesday at the old Kupfer Iron Works Building on Waubesa Street, visitors can expect to find a work in progress. But what a piece of work it is. For the first time in memory, all of the center's programs -- including the Lussier Teen Center and the New Loft -- will be reunited under one roof. >More
 A virtual version of the 2008 Rhythm & Booms in Madison

Another June, and another Rhythm & Booms has come and gone. The massive fireworks display and festival held every year in anticipation of Independence Day was held with nary a hitch last Saturday. Despite soggy conditions leftover from the early spring deluge and a threat of swarming mosquitoes, some 150,000 to 175,000 people turned out for the show at Warner Park, with many thousands more watching from other vantage points throughout Madison. More than a few were armed with cameras. >More
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