August 2016

August 2016 Issue
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Jeff Noska: Pursuing the Challenge

clay bowl
Photo by Jeff Noska

When you’re young, time passes slowly. You wait forever for your parents to finish an errand, a 20-minute drive to a relative’s house feels like an hour, and getting through the afternoon to the next recess is an eternity. There are moments like this as an adult as well, especially when you’re a parent, teacher, or an artist. You wait patiently for your child’s turn at a dance recital, for your semester to end, and for your ideas to come to life by creation of your hands. Time is also sneaky, and somehow, without warning, days, months, and years pass.

North and South Perfects Surf and Turf

Galveston - Brisket and Coconut Shrimp
Photo by Eric Tadsen

After 10 years of serving up award-winning fare as Joey’s Seafood and Grill, Madison west-side restaurant owners Keith and Erin Stoesz needed a reboot. The Joey’s Seafood franchise had dissolved long ago, and their menu was always evolving. One night, as they were smoking brisket at home, they thought, “What if we did this full-time? What if we rebranded surf and turf into something really good, really local?” And then and there, North and South Seafood & Smokehouse was born.

Oliver's Public House

Steak & Eggs
Photo by Eric Tadsen

Trendy farm-to-table restaurants with seasonal menus featuring names of local artisans are almost the new norm in Madison. Add a funky bar with a mixologist in a man bun serving up craft cocktails, and poof: you’ve got the magical recipe for a successful business, right?

Beer is Thicker Than Blood: Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest
Photo by Kira Jacobson

Beer and Wisconsin go together like beer and Mondays, beer and dancing, and beer and beer brats. You’d almost think beer is in our blood, and, in many ways, it is. The overwhelming majority of the 100,000 foreign-born Wisconsinites in 1850 were either German, Norwegian, or Irish—places with strong brewing traditions.1 In addition, we really don’t get much time off from celebrating festivals, like St. Patrick’s Day and Syttende Mai, with good friends and great beer. One festival shines above the rest, so grand it even has a beer to go with it: Oktoberfest.

Old Sugar Distillery

Barrels inside of the distillery
Photo by Eric Tadsen

When Cooper Greenawalt turns 21, his father, Nathan, owner/distiller of Old Sugar Distillery, will help him celebrate with a drink of 21-year-old rum. The year will be 2035. The rum will have been aged since 2014 in an oak barrel, giving it a velvetiness perfect for sipping.

Old Sugar Distillery, at 931 E. Main Street in Madison, has been in operation since 2010. Nathan, a 2004 University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate, hails from Michigan, but came to Madison because he liked the lakes and enjoys sailing. He gained his appreciation for spirits from his father, who had an interest in cognacs and French liqueurs.

Sjölinds Chocolate House

Sjölinds interior
Photo by Uriah Carpenter

“A lot of people think making chocolate is the same as making chocolates,” explains Sjölinds Chocolate House co-owner Tracy Thompson as she begins to describe what she does for a living at her chocolate shop in Mt. Horeb. While the difference may be one simple letter, in reality, it’s like comparing a Kraft American Single to a bandaged cheddar. One is mass-produced, the other is handmade. Almost anyone can taste the difference.

Add a Sunny Space to Your Home

backyard patio and deck
Photo by Degnan Design Builders

Most of us have dreamed of adding a room on our home where the sun filters and a warm breeze lightly ruffles the pages of our favorite book. A number of NARI builders and remodelers create rooms like this and we talked with Abe Degnan whose firm, Degnan Design Builders, recently won a NARI award for just such a space. Like many NARI members, he takes the time upfront to help explore the options thoroughly. The Degnan team has years of experience in both remodeling and building new homes, and they find that although many homeowners have strong ideas about what they want, they often haven’t considered all the possibilities. Abe walks prospective clients through several key questions before beginning a design for outdoor living space.

Sharing Spaces with Feathered and Furry Friends

Dogs in flowers
Photo by ZDA, Inc.

Sharing your yard with man’s best friend requires both sacrifice and planning. Max, my large black lab, loved to cool herself in soft earthen beds excavated in my garden. Fisher, a golden retriever, beat a patrol path around his yard. Zeppelin the cat loves a perch to hunt from, and chickens need to scratch and peck. It may be easier for us to be trained than for us to train our pets. By observing their habits, you can incorporate them into a yard that is pleasing and beautiful for all.

Van Slyke House

Van Slyke House interior
Photo by Ledell Zellers and Simon Anderson

Imagine a stranger knocking on your door. You open it, greet the visitor, and she turns out to be the great, great granddaughter of the man who owned your home 150 years ago. That was Ledell Zellers and Simon Anderson’s experience last summer. They had the honor of being visited at their Madison landmark home by the descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte Van Slyke.

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Celebrates 20 Years of Getting Wisconsin Outside

Yellowstone Lake State Park
Photo by Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Lace up your shoes and feel the crisp breeze at your back. Summer may be coming to an end, but your outdoor adventures don’t have to. It’s time to explore Wisconsin’s many fine state parks. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP), headquartered at 101 S. Webster Street in Madison, is the nonprofit to thank for keeping our parks in such fine condition. This year marks the statewide organization’s 20th year working toward its mission of preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

Avoiding Parasites with Your Pets

Dog and cat in grass

Madison is such a great place to live, particularly if you have a dog. There are a lot of dog parks to explore, good neighborhood sidewalks to wander, lakes in which to swim, and some parks allow dogs to walk on the sidewalks. But with all these dog-friendly places, it is so important that we dog lovers are responsible dog owners. I’m sure many of us have been caught without a poop bag at one time or another. I’ve seen some people at dog parks look the other way when their dog is squatting. And I know the vast majority of dog owners don’t go out every day in winter to clean up their yard.

Covenant Presbyterian Youth

Covenant Presbyterian Church Youth in garden
Photo by Covenant Presbyterian Church

Picking kale in a field for a couple of days outside of the metro Washington D.C. area to then see it delivered to an economically challenged neighborhood later as you host a picnic for the families provides the ability to see firsthand the delight on recipients’ faces.

Porchlight Products, Part II

Curtido jar
Photo by Porchlight, Inc.

When Porchlight Products launched in 2007, the goal was to give people struggling with barriers to employment, such as homelessness, mental illness, and physical disabilities, a hand-up rather than a handout. Porchlight Products employees transform Wisconsin-grown produce into delectable, artisanal treats ranging from sauerkraut to jam to baking mixes, all while gaining valuable work experience and training in employability skills. Porchlight Products is featured in a number of local stores, and some staff are tasked with marketing activities, including handing out samples.

Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

Vote WI

Few things are more precious in a democracy than a person’s right to vote. Currently, 16 states require voters to show photo identification before voting. Proponents argue voter ID laws help guard against election fraud, while opponents point out little evidence of widespread fraud exists and these laws unconstitutionally restrict the right to vote. A 2007 report by the Brennan Center for Justice concluded that being struck by lightning occurs more often than voter impersonation.

Local Flare and Individual Attitude Puts the "Zip" in Zip-Dang

store interior
Photo by Eric Tadsen

You know it: that local boutique or shop you can enter and feel like every item was ordered specifically for you. It’s quirky. It’s different. It’s full of character and a creative energy that seems to remind you to express yourself. It’s the kind of space Zip-Dang owners Natalie and Mike Bass set out to create on Monroe Street, and they did it without really creating a plan to do so.

A Park for All Seasons

Spring lake fishing poles

Walk a prairie full of flowers, cool off with a hike in the woods, paddle on lakes or streams, bike twisted paths through autumn colored leaves, or ski loops that take you across prairies and over moraines. County parks provide an amazing variety of outdoor opportunities, and should you decide to explore the system, you will travel from one end of the county to the other across the seasons.

How to Go to Therapy

Therapist and client

Maria constantly worried about what others thought of her, often felt overwhelmed with fear and stress, and once went to the emergency room because she thought she was having a heart attack. She was reassured by ER staff that she was not having a heart attack, but rather a panic attack, and was encouraged to seek mental health support.

Issues

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arts
Craig Clifford
John/Christine Designs
community
Barbara Boustead
Community Shares of Wisconsin
Holiday Food Drives
Perfect Fooding
Spirit of Giving
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Lombardino's
editor
From the Editor
finance
Charitable Planning
food & beverage
Drumlin Ridge Winery
Lambic Disorder
landmark
Woman's Building
nonprofit
Days For Girls
pets
Pet Rescue Groups
travel
Giving Back: Honor Flights
well-being
Making a Difference at DAIS

September 2018

arts
Deb Gottschalk
Woodland Studios
community
Ho-Chunk
No More!
Self-Improv-ment Level Three
Stoughton Opera House
dining
Athens Grill
editor
From the Editor
finance
Youth & Money
food & beverage
Chinese Grocery Stores
Frabjous Hubs of Influence
landmark
Hotel Ruby Marie
nonprofit
ARCW
REACH-A-Child
pets
Diabetes in Cats
travel
New Glarus
well-being
Community Matters When the Goal is Liberation

July 2018

arts
Fine Arts in Fitchburg: Agora Art Fair
Kay Myers
community
Self-Improv-ment: Level Two
Shame
dining
Fuegos
editor
From the Editor
finance
Passive Income
food & beverage
Art of Cafe: Breweries and the Prolific
home
Water Wise Landscapes
landmark
Cambridge Historic School Museum
nonprofit
Madison Reading Project
WWBIC
pets
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
travel
Impact of Travel
well-being
Board and Mind Games
Children and Trauma
Tips for Preserving Cognition

May 2018

arts
Jeff Zimpel
community
Chads
Self-Improv-ment
editor
From the Editor
entertainment
Betty Lou Cruises
Ultimate Frisbee
finance
Smart Way to Save for Travel, Vacations, and Kids Activities
food & beverage
See the Beer, Hear the Beer, Taste the Beer
home
Perennial Favorites
landmark
Breese Stevens Field
nonprofit
Engage. Educate. Empower.
pets
A Tick's Story
shopping
Grills, Grills, Grills
Rutabaga Paddlesports
travel
Camping
well-being
Domestic Violence

March 2018

arts
Brian Kluge
community
Atlas Improv Co.
People Pleaser
dining
Off Broadway Drafthouse
editor
From the Editor
finance
Wealthy Living
food & beverage
Is Brewing Now in Session?
Juice Bars
home
Natural Healing
landmark
Quisling Clinic
pets
Inappropriate Urination
shopping
Deconstruction Inc.
well-being
Capital Fitness
Dentists and ER Doctors Work Together to Ease Patients’ Pain While Reducing Opioid Usage
Importance of Sleep
Rainbow Project

January 2018

arts
S.V. Medaris
community
An Introduction: Sandy Eichel
Feeding Our Community
dining
Sugar River Pizza Company
Vintage Brewing Company
editor
From the Editor
finance
Financial Planning for the Finer Things in Life
food & beverage
Bunky's Catering
Chocolate
Conscious Carnivore
Weizening Up, to Wit: Wheat Beers
home
Think Outside the Box
landmark
American Exchange Bank
pets
Dangerous Food for Pets
service
New Tricks for All Dogs at Dane County Humane Society
travel
Turning the Tables: Table to Farm

November 2017

arts
Rachelle Miller
community
Common Wealth
dining
Nick's Restaurant
OM Indian Fusion Cuisine
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Fisher King Winery
Gluten-Free Your Mind
home
Fireplace Professionals
Kids Need Nature
landmark
Hoff Mall
pets
Arthritis Pain in Cats and Dogs
service
Building a More Humane Future
Healthcare: It's Complicated
shopping
Monroe Street Framing
travel
Stay Merry with Music

August 2017

arts
Eric Thomas Wolever
community
Millennium Soccer Club
dining
Brickhouse BBQ
Norske Nook
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Badgers, Muskies, and Dopplebocks
home
Blind Romance
Take It Outside
landmark
Towns Building
pets
Dog Park Etiquette
service
Deserved Recognition
Maddie's Felines in Treatment
shopping
CLUCK The Chicken Store
Iconi Interiors
travel
Historic Haunts
well-being
An Apple a Day is an Rx Away



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