August 2017


Eric Thomas Wolever

Photo by Eric Thomas Wolever

I was surprised when I met Eric Thomas Wolever. His paintings bear PVC wicker lawn chairs, white picket fences, and 1976 Ford Sedans. I expected a man 30 years his senior since I read those images as reflections of a literal past, a youth belonging to a time dead now for 40 years. What I found was a younger mana recent graduate of the University of WisconsinMadison with a Masters in Fine Artswhose shoulders bear the places that have grown him as if they are his bones themselves.

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Millennium Soccer Club

Photo by John Kalson

Building community through soccer is what the Millennium Soccer Club (MSC) has been doing in South Madison since 2001. MSCs goal is to bring affordable and accessible organized youth soccer to Madisons low-income, ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The Club was founded by Dan Wood, a social worker with Madisons public schools, and Kelly Pochop, former special education teacher at Memorial High School, after discussions with parents, community leaders, school district personnel, and soccer supporters. In 16 years, the program has served more than 1,500 elementary school children with a fall, spring, and summer soccer program.

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Brickhouse BBQ

Photo by Eric Tadsen

As Madisons downtown home for down home cooking, Brickhouse BBQ offers up a daily mountain of pulled pork, tender brisket, and smoky racks of ribs, all started in the wee hours of the morning under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Brad Anderson.

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Norske Nook: The Pie Stands Alone

Photo by Eric Tadsen

When Wisconsins fourth Norske Nook opened in downtown DeForest 18 months ago, the restaurant and bakery was already famous for its Norwegian food and American favorites at its three locations in northern Wisconsin. Known for lefse wraps, Norwegian pancakes, and homemade pies, the owners of the newest location hoped that locals would embrace their dream. They neednt have worried.

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From the Editor

Photo by John Kalson

Here we are with the end of summer upon us, and here we are producing our last quarterly issue. Both simultaneously bring about a little melancholy for what is ending with a good dose of excitement for what is to come.

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Badgers, Muskies, and Dopplebocks

Photo by Kyle Jacobson

Wisconsinites–were proud of many aspects of our state: our parks, universities, dairy and other local foods, ancestry, and the Green Bay Packers to name a few. Were also proud of our beers, but visiting microbrew enthusiasts arent always so impressed. They might be a hopheadan IPA enthusiast obsessed with IBUs and hoppy bitternessor they may prefer maximum funk from sours and other brewing trends. Do we in Wisconsin do IPAs and sours? Absolutely. But where some of our most capable brewers shine is in their abilities to tie unique flavors back to the tradition they were brewed in. And when it comes to Lagers, we give the West Coast a run for its barley.

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Blind Romance

Photo by Hunter Douglas

Of the components that contribute to a rooms character, window treatments can play a starring role. Not only do they filter light and control views, they can also create a sense of mystique and drama. Among the most effective for setting atmosphere are blinds and shutters. Think film noir, where black-and-white movies exploit the contrast between light and shadow. Venetian blinds were common props on sets, often in the foreground of a seductive silhouette.

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Take It Outside

Photo by ZDA, Inc.

As early as the robin returns and magnolia trees begin their awe-inspiring flower display, Wisconsinites are transitioning to their summer wardrobes and planning outdoor activities. From April to October, the backyard can provide enchanting spaces for entertaining, playing, and relaxing. Outdoor living spaces vary widely in size, from bistro tables tucked away in a garden to a patio situated within an expansive landscape. The key to successful outdoor spaces is not found purely in aesthetics, but also in spaces that are inviting, comfortable, and supportive of your interests.

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The Towns Building

Enthusiastic fans at a professional football or baseball game, NASCAR race, or college basketball game might be twirling a rally towel in the stands to show support for their favorite team. They may be using a towel with their teams logo at the gym, or showing pride in their alma mater by taking a school branded beach towel to their local pool. These fans probably dont realize those towels come from a company that has its roots in Barabooa company that began as George O. McArthur & Son.

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Dog Park Etiquette

I love taking my dog, Scout, to the dog park. There are eight off-leash dog parks in Madison, two in Verona, two in Middleton, one in Monona, one in McFarland, and a future one coming to Fitchburg. Scout can play with other dogs, greet people, and wear himself out, and I enjoy the fresh air, sun, talking with other dog owners, and playing name that breed.

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Deserved Recognition

Share the Health is a Madison clinic that offers free consultative gynecologic care and procedures in Dane and surrounding counties to uninsured women in need of treatment that is not provided by other providers who serve low-resource families. The procedures are thousands of dollars, which is much too expensive. These women then delay needed care, often leading to more complex problems, including preventable cancers. Share the Health patients are most often referred by clinics who have served low-resource families for decades, before Share the Health existed. Share the Health serves to support these clinics outstanding efforts, which are the bedrock of healthcare, as they address disparities that exist due to care barriers. These clinics deserve recognition for their service to patients, families, community, and womens health needs.

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Maddie's Felines in Treatment

Photo by Dane County Humane Society

Its Tuesday, May 2, and a two-month-old kitten, Mac, has become the 1,000th cat admission at Maddies Felines In Treatment (F.I.T.) Center at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). He, along with his 10 littermates, look like normal playful kittens until you notice the hair loss and lesions around their paws and ears. To DCHS admitting staff, this is an early indication of dermatophyte (ringworm), a highly contagious fungus that can be transmitted across species, including dogs and humans.

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CLUCK The Chicken Store

Photo by Eric Tadsen

When visitors come through the front door at CLUCK the Chicken Store in Paoli, their first words are often, Whats a chicken store?

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Iconi Interiors

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Coni Marotz, owner of Iconi Interiors, believes interesting and eclectic interior design is possible for all. We have something here for everyone and every budget, says Coni, who opened the doors in 2008 and will celebrate her business 10th anniversary in Spring 2018.

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Historic Haunts

Photo by Green Concierge Travel

You not only need be curious but also a bit brave to intentionally visit a place that has a reputation of being haunted. Im not superstitious, but I do believe that matter is neither created nor destroyed, which would leave things open after we leave this earth as a corporeal being. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, here are a few places to visit for good stories and a history lesson.

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An Apple a Day is an Rx Away: How Willy Street Co-op is Ushering Change with a Groundbreaking Program

Photo by The Creative Company

We have all heard the adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but Willy Street Co-op took the wisdom and the research behind the message into the public health and consumer arenas. Although in order to get the apple, people will first need a doctor.

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