Madison Westside Celebrates Christmas


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Hilldale – 20th Annual Christmas Tree Walk

Like downtown Madison, the westside of Madison has just as much enthusiasm for the holiday season.  In the daytime we start at Hilldale, a shopping center open since 1961 at the corner of Midvale and University Avenue.  There are not as many trees this year due to construction at the mall which will be completed by 2015. Here is what they had on display.

Christmas Tree Walk Hilldale 1

Christmas Tree Walk 2

There is also a pretty gingerbread cookie display in the Atrium.

Gingerbread Display at Hilldale

On Saturdays in December musical groups come sing to entertain the shoppers.  A friend of our performed with the Yahara River Chorus in 2002. Here they are serenading Santa :)

Yahara River Chorus 2002 at Hilldale

 

For even more Christmas trees, the University Avenue Holiday Lights are a must see. Lit every holiday season since 1995, they are a draw to people from all over Madison and beyond.

University Avenue Tree Lights

University Avenue Trees

Happy Holidays from Madison’s Westside!

Chazen Museum of Art in Madison


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Chazen Art  Museum in Madison

The Chazen Museum of Art is a great place to visit for fans of all kinds of art and no admission is charged. Photography is permitted for free also, flash use is prohibited and camera hand-held only. With advance notice, you can bring in a tripod and other equipment, or an easel of you want to paint your own painting!

Artist painting at the Chazen

This museum is also part of the University of Wisconsin campus. It originally was called the Elvehjem Art Center when it opened in 1970 and in 1978 changed to the Elvehjem Museum of Art. The adjoining new building was completed in 2011. Docents sometimes give tours to both small and large groups.

We have been here before for a music performance in 2013.  A weekly event that was called “Live From the Chazen”, is no longer being performed.  Today we were here to see the many art displays and we were impressed by the variety. Even the lobby (Paige Court) was beautiful, this is a view from the 2nd floor balcony.

Chazen Museum lobby in Madison

Paige Court at Chazen

 We begin our tour in the Elvehjem building. Here are a few select pieces.

The Fall of Novgorod, painted in 1891

The Fall of Novgorod 1891 at Chazen

 Our Good Earth, 1942

Our Good Earth 1942 at Chazen

 

No art museum in Wisconsin would be complete without a few pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright, inspiration for Madison’s own Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Monona Terrace from water

This is his work, The Tree of Life, 1904

Frank Lloyd Wright Tree of Life at Chazen

Even the catwalk joining the two buildings has art. This is

Optic Twist Screen #2, 1977

Chazen catwalk

On the other side..

Bird, 1958

Bird, 1960 at Chazen

Cameo, 1973

Cameo, 1973

 

Black Jack, 2006

Black Jack 2006 at Chazen

 

This is just a small sample of the many beautiful works of art here. You can browse the collections here on their website if you can’t see them in person. A great place to visit if you come to Madison.

 

 

 

2nd Annual Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest


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Curdfest sign

Curdfest took place the same day as Ride the Drive and on our way back home and it looked like a lot of fun. It took place at the Madison Mallard’s baseball team stadium. Cheese is big business in Wisconsin and cheese curds are a favorite snack. This festival serves cheese curds from MANY businesses and you have the chance to vote for your favorite!

Cheese Curd ballot

There was quite a crowd when we arrived, we realized it would be the last time inside these gates until our first game next summer. We got in line at the Curd Girl food cart. This was the only cart we stopped at and cash was low. We made a good choice though, they were delicious!

Curdfest Curd Girlfood cart

Fried Cheese Curds at Curdfest

There was so much more to see, a petting zoo for the kids drew a crowd. The animals were so cute!

Petting Zoo Collage

 

We also had music by the Hometown Sweethearts as a great background to all the fun.

Hometown Sweethearts band at Curdfest

 

For a great time and great curds, come to Curdfest!

Curdfest at Madison Mallards in Madison