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WISCONSIN INSTITUTES FOR DISCOVERY:
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JOHN WILEY
Thurs., Feb. 25, 2016; 4-6 p.m.
1300 University Ave.
Back by popular demand! Former UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley will lead us on a tour of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, including secure areas of both the privately funded Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. John will share his knowledge and insights regarding how they will contribute to the advancement of science and the strength of our community. Following the tour, we will gather at Steenbock’s on Orchard for discussion and refreshments.
Menu: Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
Hosts: John Wiley and Carole Schaeffer
$50 per person ($25 tax deductible). Limited to 20 guests.
Sun., Feb. 28, 2016; 5:30-8:30 p.m.
52 White Oaks Lane, Madison
Maestro John DeMain will don his chef’s apron and prepare a delectable buffet of authentic Italian dishes for you. What better way to enjoy a Sunday evening than to savor the cuisine and wines of Italy in the company of Symphony friends.
Menu: An Italian feast; Selection of wines and other potables
Hosts: Barbara and John DeMain
$75 per person ($30 tax deductible). Limited to 20 guests.
Photo by Eric Oxendorf
OVERTURE CENTER: BEHIND THE SCENES
Thurs., Mar. 10, 2016; 3:45-7 p.m.
Join fellow music and stage enthusiasts for a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour of Madison’s Overture Center. Following the tour, you will be treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the beautiful Audubon Room, enjoying the many Audubon engravings that gave the room its name. Stay on if you like for the MSO open dress rehearsal that begins at 7 p.m.
Menu: Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks
Hosts: Judith and Nick Topitzes
$65 per person ($30 tax deductible). Limited to 25 guests.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON MUSICALE
Sun., Mar. 20, 2016; 2:30-4:30 p.m.
510 N. Carroll St., Madison
Enjoy a delightful afternoon of beautiful music performed by flutists Danielle Breisach, recent UW DMA graduate, and Casey Oelkers, MSO Director of Development, in the historic Mansion Hill District home of Ledell Zellers and Simon Anderson. Their home, known as the Van Slyke House, was built in the late 1850’s in the Italianate style and is currently in the process of being restored. It was designated a Madison Landmark in 1972.
Menu: Desserts, tea and coffee
Hosts: Ledell Zellers and Simon Anderson, Louise and Bob Jeanne
$45 per person ($20 tax deductible). Limited to 25 guests.
ARGENTINE TANGO AND PARRILLADA
Fri., May 6, 2016; 5-11 p.m.
(Please note: Date has changed from Sat., May 7, to Fri., May 6.)
4617 Dovetail Dr. #5 (studio) & 431 Farwell Dr., Maple Bluff
Begin this delightful evening with snacks and a Pisco Sour at Doug and Katie’s private dance studio (see photo), where you will learn the essence of Argentine Tango, the close embrace walks. Following this romantic interlude, a short drive will take you to their lovely home on Lake Mendota. Relax and enjoy Argentine wines and music as your hosts prepare your Parrillada of Lomo (beef tenderloin), Costilla Cortado (short ribs), Pollo (chicken), Ensalada, Mousse de Maracuja, (passion fruit) and home-made Limoncello.
Traditional Parrillada assortment of meats and other dishes and wines
Katie and Doug Reuhl Dress:
Dressy casual (clean shoes for dance floor)
$150 per person
($75 tax deductible). Limited to 16 guests.
Photo by James Steakley
MUSIC AND MORE IN
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S AIRPLANE HOUSE
Sun., June 26, 2016; 12 p.m. Noon
120 Ely Place, Madison
Built in 1908, this outstanding Madison landmark is rarely open to the public. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful interior architecture and furnishings as you linger over an elegant brunch prepared by Chef Andrew Wilson and the Madison Club staff. A performance by Garrick Olsen, 2012 Final Forte winner, on the recently restored 85-year-old Steinway will complete this delightful Sunday afternoon experience.
Menu: Champagne and hors d’oeuvres; Elegant brunch buffet
Host: Nan Beyer-Mears
Dress: Dressy casual
$150 per person ($50 tax deductible). Limited to 30 guests.
THE SECRET GARDEN SOLD OUT!
Wed., June 29, 2016; 2 p.m.
308 N. Blair Street (Garden); 100 Wisconsin Ave. (Condo)
Discover a hidden oasis in the heart of the city—a degraded parking lot transformed into a 3,000 sq. ft. garden. Avid gardeners Nancy and Fred Risser will describe how it was created, what has been planted, and how it has become a habitat for hummingbirds and bees. After a leisurely stroll through this edenic setting, we will enjoy light refreshments at the Risser condo overlooking the Capitol.
Menu: Fruit and desserts, Sparkling waters, lemonade
Hosts: Nancy and Fred Risser, Janet and Scott Cabot
$45 per person ($20 tax deductible). Limited to 18 guests.
HISTORIC TOUR OF LAKE MONONA
Tues., July 12, 2016*; 5-7 p.m.
Law Park ramp (just west of Monona Terrace)
Join David Mollenhoff, noted Madison historian and author, for a memorable adventure aboard the Pontoon Porch (www.pontoonporch.com
). As we travel along the shoreline of Lake Monona, David will point out places of interest and regale us with tales from Madison’s past. Light refreshments will be served on board.
*rain date August 9
Cheeses, crackers and other snacks
Wine, bottled water and soft drinks
Cathy Buege, Marilyn and Jim Ebben, Carolyn White
$50 per person
($20 tax deductible). Limited to 30 guests.
Sat., July 16, 2016*; 1-4 p.m.
3410 Noll Valley Circle, Verona
Beautiful Noll Valley, surrounded by an area formed eons ago by a mile-high glacier, will be the setting for this back-to-nature party. We’ll hike along groomed trails through restored prairies and woodlands that are part of an 80 acre parcel of the Ice Age Trail, observing the birds and wild life that the unusual plants and grasses attract. Refreshments and conversation will follow. Bring your binoculars, cameras, and a “wild” imagination!
*Rain date July 17th
Menu: Light sandwiches, fruit and veggies, sweets, beverages, and spirits
Hosts: Beth and Peter Rahko
Dress: Casual—hiking shoes and attire
$60 per person ($30 tax deductible). Limited to 35 guests.
MMOCA TRIENNIAL EXHIBIT
Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016; 5:30-7 p.m.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Join your hosts and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Director Stephen Fleischman for a behind the scenes tour of the Wisconsin Triennial, a survey of contemporary Wisconsin art. The Triennial is a juried exhibition selected and organized by MMoCA curatorial staff to reflect current directions in Wisconsin’s visual arts scene. Artists from across the state are invited to apply to this exhibition. A $10 gift certificate to the museum store is included.
Menu: Wine and hors d’oeuvres
Hosts: Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale
$60 per person ($30 tax deductible). Limited to 20 guests.
HALLOWEEN IN A HAUNTED CASTLE
Sat., Oct. 15, 2016; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
“The Castle” 6217 North Highlands Avenue
(Total accessibility can be arranged. Call (608) 231-2523 to request)
Gouhlies and ghosties and three-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night all gather early for the hurley-burley. Climb to the tower if you dare. Use the secret entrance for a scare. Inside are cauldrons of libations and a devilishly delicious dinner buffet concocted by Wizard Vicki of Chez Vous.
Menu: “Eye of newt, and toe of frog…” and other delectable dishes
Hosts: Susan King and Bob Horowitz
Co-Hosts: Ann Lindsey and Chuck Snowdon
Dress: Costumes are encouraged-Prizes will be given
$150 per person ($90 tax deductible). Limited to 36 guests.
Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016; 4-7 p.m.
Chazen Museum of Art and The University Club
Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with our tour of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, a special exhibition from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Andrew Stevens, Chazen Curator for Prints, Drawings and Photography, will lead an informative and entertaining showing of this first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623. Following the tour, continue the conversation as you enjoy tea and sherry at the University Club.
Menu: Shakespearean themed appetizers, tea, sherry, and soft drinks
Hosts: Marilyn and Craig January
Dress: Dressy casual
$60 per person ($30 tax deductible). Limited to 24 guests.
DON’T GO PARTY
Date, time, and location of your choice
Don’t rent a tux! Don’t hire a babysitter!
Stay home, relax, and let your imagination take over.
Any or all of your favorite foods and beverage(s) of your choice
Just you and yoursDress:
Casual (pajamas and slippers okay)
Tax-deductible contribution of your choice.
No guest limitations.