My cab driver when I arrived told me about Madison being an isthmus between two lakes. Friday afternoon, I went to find my classroom for Saturday, and stumbled across one of the favorite spots in town, Memorial Union Terrace. I had ice cream on the terrace that night, ice cream from the campus dairy, and enjoyed a jazz concert. Lake Mendota is beautiful, and I went back Saturday morning, and Sunday morning and afternoon and sat by the lake.
|Memorial Union Terrace|
|Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota|
Saturday morning before the workshop, I went to the Farmers' Market. I walked down State Street. The Farmers' Market is held all around the State Capitol on Saturdays. I was there by 7 a.m. There's even a people's garden of peppers in front of the Capitol that's going to be made into beer by a local microbrewery. I bought a Holstein cookie while I was there.
Terrific workshop. Really enjoyed talking books with the other women in the group. Check out the view from our classroom.
Saturday, we took a break and walked down to A Room of One's Own, the independent bookstore. Check out their window display, cheese books in Wisconsin.
I also couldn't resist pictures of Sacred Feather, the hat shop. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to get there. I loved the building, and I would have loved to have seen the hats.
Saturday night, we went to a book release party. Susanna Daniel is the author of Stiltsville. Her second book, Sea Creatures, was just out on Saturday.
Terrific trip to Madison, Wisconsin. So, I wanted to end with something that meant a lot to me. There is an Outstanding Alumni wall in the School of Library Science at the university. Ray Von Dran's picture was there. Ray was Assistant Dean at Catholic University when I was there, a wonderful man. He went on to be Dean of the Library School at Catholic, and later Dean of the Library School at Syracuse. Ray is dead now, but it meant a lot to be to see him honored on that wall.
It was a wonderful trip to Madison and a terrific workshop. I'm so glad I had the chance to go, and to see Madison in August.