One of Madison's most popular summer music venues has been expanded. The Terrace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union is bigger than ever.
Around 20 tables and 80 chairs have been added to a part of the Terrace that previously was an eyesore.
"Previously, the area in question was underused," says Marc Kennedy, Wisconsin Union spokesperson. The section was blocked by a low wall. It was part of a wide but narrow strip of lawn that wrapped south, toward a large tree and a sculpture of an oversized, iconic Union chair.
"Grass wouldn't grow because of the shade from the tree, so it was dusty in hot weather and muddy in wet," says Kennedy. "It was basically wasted space."
The seamless addition overlooking the stage was completed this spring. Staffers are "pretty pleased about it," says Kennedy.
Coming performances at the Terrace include Jon Langford (July 8, 6 p.m.), Mustard Plug (July 8, 9:30 p.m.), Robert Francis (July 9, 6 p.m.), Old Money (July 9, 9:30 p.m.) and Islands (July 10, 9 p.m.).
Union events are intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests. Anyone can join the Union, and daily guest passes are available. Visit the Union's website for details.