Friday, May 20, 2011

Wisconsin State Capital

The State Capital seen from Olbrich Park on Lake Monona.  Frank Wright's Monona Terrace is the large white building sitting on the lake.
 The State Capital building is the center for social and governmental functions in the City of Madison.  Here is where the all Wisconsin governmental workers have been protesting over the last months.  We had another rally here last Saturday.  The Capital building is not just all business either every Saturday from April 16 to Nov 5 the Dane County Farmer's Market on the Square is held.  The market is well attended; I have not been to the market since I moved out of Madison but I use try to get there by 8 AM so I missed the crowds.  It is the place to be if you want to be seen and meet friends. 

Another big summer social event is Concerts on the Square, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra hold 6 concerts on Kings Street corner from June 29 to August 3 at 7 PM.  The concert is free and everyone bring a blanket to lay on the grass along with a picnic basket and listens to the music.  The 4th of July week concert is always a fun one to attend.

The reason why Arthur and I came to the Capital last Tuesday was my brother wanted to take some picture of it so he could try his hand at painting it.  We walked all around the outside of the Capital and enjoyed the wonderful sunny day and took pictures.

This time of year the Capital grounds planted with all types of bulbs and all the plants were in bloom.  When the bloom are finished; the ground crews remove the bulbs and give them to the public.  I was hoping to put a picture of the status Forward which sits on top of the dome but must have transferred that picture to the wrong flash drive.

When Art and I finish touring the outside we walked over to the roof top garden of Monona Terrace before going to lunch at a pub on the square.  I was hoping that Art would like to go on a free Capital tour but he declined.  I have walked through and explored inside the Capital but never went on an official tour.  When we finished at the Capital we drove to Governor Nelson State Park on the north side of Lake Menoda.  That is for the next blog.

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