Madison Originals Magazine Madison Originals Magazine February 2012 - Page 4

4 | madison originals magazine featuring: Madison Originals Magazine is published by Towns & Associates, Inc. through a licensing agreement with Madison Originals®. Watch for the next issue of Madison Originals Magazine May 2012. additional copies? Madison Originals Magazine is available free at over 150 locations. If you would like a copy sent to you, please send mailing information and $3.00 (payable to Towns & Associates) for each magazine to Madison Originals Magazine, c/o Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. subscriptions To purchase an annual subscription (4 issues), send mailing information and $12 (payable to Towns & Associates) to Madison Originals Magazine, c/o Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. Or request a FREE online subscription by submitting your email address to (you will be notified by email when each issue is released). comments? We welcome your questions and comments. Please submit to Madison Originals Magazine, c/o Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913 or email advertise? To place an advertisement, please call (800) 575-8757x105 or email all rights reserved. ©2012 No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without prior written permission by the publisher, Towns & Associates, Inc. Cover photo provided by Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark, All rights reserved.from the editor amy johnson Once again light can be seen at the end of the winter tunnel. Having family in both Wisconsin and California initiates an annual conversation—why don’t those of us left in Wisconsin escape the cold and snow by moving to California. Each year I consider the query and come to the same conclusion: I would miss experiencing Wisconsin’s four seasons—all of them. Even though winters can become unbearable, I always survive. And each time I do, how much more I appreciate the following spring and summer, and there isn’t anywhere more beautiful in the fall! Additionally, I continue to appreciate the plentiful activities available in Wisconsin. Cave of the Mounds, a National Natural Landmark, is considered “the ‘jewel box’ of America’s major caves,” and recognized by the Chicago Academy of Sciences as “the signicant cave of the upper Midwest.” While I must confess it has been quite some time since I visited, this issue’s feature reminds me why I want to go back soon! And I don’t have to wait until spring because Cave of the Mounds is open year round—the cave is consistently 50 degrees. In March, the world’s largest cheese and butter competition returns to Madison. The World Championship Cheese Contest is in its 29th biennial year, and once again provides us the opportunity to view the nal round of judging and sample some top cheeses. Any day is well spent at Tenney Park, no matter what the season. Warmer months offer paths for walking, biking, and rollerblading; ample space for soccer, softball, or volleyball; and water accessibility provides shing and swimming. Ice skaters glide across the frozen Yahara River during winter months, and then thaw afterward with a visit to the warming shelter. Of course there’s always plenty of dining and shopping in the area, too. The regular Dobhan menu features traditional Nepalese favorites, but they don’t stop there— weekly specials include Cuban and Mexican dishes, and even a Wisconsin-style Friday sh fry. In a comforting way, entering Hawk’s Bar & Grill gives you just what you would hope for: delicious pub & grill fare (using fresh ingredients!), and a great bar with a large variety of tap and bottled beers, wines by the glass, and specialty drinks. A trip to Hilldale Mall should always include a stop at Playthings, where both adult and children’s imaginations soar. The thoughtfulness of owner Nancy Nigl and staff is apparent in their merchandise selection, and they live their motto to provide toys that “entertain, educate, and fascinate.” And now they also carry infant/toddler apparel! In the same trip, a visit can be made to Terese Zache Designs to nd the latest fashions and accessories, including European collections and items made in the U.S.A. What a great gift we have—to live somewhere where there are so many things to do, no matter what you like to do. There’s no excuse for “nothing to do”—you just need to open your eyes. 4 | madison originals magazinePhotograph courtesy of Madison Trust for Historic Preservation