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Blogging the 2007 Taste of Madison on Capitol Square

By the time I made it to the twenty-fifth annual Taste of Madison early Sunday evening, the two-day festival was already winding down. Starting shortly after the farmers' market packed up early on Saturday afternoon, the Taste brought tens of thousands of people downtown to sample dishes from nearly seventy restaurants and caterers from around the city and surrounding region. >More
 Details released for Taste of Madison and Willy Street Fair

With the end of last weekend's party in Orton Park, there are only two remaining major summer festivals of note in Madison, both of which are celebrating anniversaries this year. The next few weeks will mark both the 25th anniversary of the Taste of Madison and the 30th anniversary of the Willy Street Fair, a pair of parties respectively held on the Capitol Square and Williamson Street. >More
 Sifting and winnowing for cats

I go through all this trouble because there is the possibility that some trash collector is going to rummage through my garbage, find a nugget of badness, and fine me. I do this out of the goodness of my heart and wallet. >More
 The Wisconsin Historical Museum's permanent collection

The Wisconsin Historical Museum mounts excellent temporary exhibits. The recent collections of toys and video games were grand, and the new tribute to Milwaukee baseball also looks most promising. But visitors seeking the temporary exhibits ought to make time to see the permanent collection, too. The displays, which sprawl over three floors, chronicle Wisconsin living from 9500 B.C. to the Nintendo era. >More
 Getting an early start on Hippie Christmas in Madison

Front yards and curbs in the Bassett neighborhood were already being loaded up with refuse and jewels on Monday night. For the most part, items presumed to be recycled have been left in ordered -- or at least separated -- semblance. >More
 The first twenty years at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison

There may be some dates and performances missing in the list that follows, but this chronology does yield an intriguing perspective on the past 20 years of popular culture -- and on the indispensible role the Barrymore has played in bringing popular culture to Madison. >More
 Looking forward to Moving Day 2007 in Madison

There are going to be couches -- couches! -- on the sidewalk blocking pedestrians. People might actually break bones lifting heavy object up cumbersome stairways. The stores will sell out of Scrubbing Bubbles and 409. The days leading up to moving day might even turn average Joes and Janes into freegans! >More
 What makes the new Target in Fitchburg so Super?

The new Super Target on Hwy. PD opened its doors Wednesday, so I figured I'd swing by and take a look at it while picking up some school supplies, maybe some fuel for my propane camp stove or a dozen golf balls, some undershirts and a cast iron frying pan. You know, a typical Target run, more or less. But I didn't expect to stumble across the vodka. >More
 Be with the butterflies at Olbrich Gardens

Life holds so few pleasures that don't require either special shoes or a Facebook account, but among the truly simple joys are butterflies. They are brilliant and graceful, and the process by which they metamorphose from pupae is magnificent, when you think about it. >More
 Maxing out at Maxwell Street Days

As Maxwell Street Days enters its fourth decade, diminishing returns are to be found with each passing year, at least when it comes to the atmosphere. Both the grills and the shouting sales people are fewer and farther between, while patches of street sans loaded tables are starting to seriously compete with adjacent scrums. >More
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