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Father’s Day, 10 Ideas to Honor Madison Dads!

Here is a list of 10 ideas to honor almost every kind of Madison Dad this Father’s Day! Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday June 19, 2016. What better way to celebrate that special father figure in your life than spending time doing what he loves best.

1. Golf Dad-What better way to spend quality time with your
Dad than 18 holes of golf at one of his favorite spots? If you are budget conscious there is Vitense Golfland off of Schroeder Road in Madison. They have a few great specials for the big guy that include:

Buckets & Breakfast – $24. 2 Big George Buckets + Breakfast & Coffee 8 am – 10:30 am every day.

Buckets & Beers – $29. 2 Big George Buckets + 2 tap beers (or soda) available anytime.

For those looking for a full golf experience check out University Ridge and, “Play where the Badgers play.”  For a large list of local golf courses, info,  and fees check out Golf Now.

2. Go Kart Dad-VRROOOM! Who doesn’t like a little action on Father’s Day? Take dad on a thrill ride at Big Chief Go Karts Wisconsin Dells at 1450 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy.  The prices are affordable and the whole family can take part in a safe but fun ride.

3. Fishing Dad-One of the great things about living in Madison or the surrounding area is access to beautiful lakes. Catch up on life and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Bond with dad at his local favorite fishing hole. We love Lake Mendota. If you are OK with an urban setting Lake Mendota is the largest of the chain lakes in Madison and had some really great areas. If you prefer a wilderness destination to fish check out Kentuck Lake in June up by Eagle River.

4. Music Dad-Spend some time with Dad by making a trip to some of the local record shops here in Madison.  Some options include Mad City Music Exchange, Strictly Discs,  and Exclusive Company. We also love Ear Wax Records on State Street for the Dad that loves punk and metal.

Who’s playing nearby? Go see a live band. Madison has a thriving music scene. You can see local or national acts roll through town. Pick up a copy of the local Isthmus and see!

5. Art Dad-You and Dad can enjoy a day at Madison Contemporary Museum of Art or the Chazen to look at Dad “inspired” art.  Or, take the local alternative route to art and visit some of the galleries around Madison like Hatch Art House on Williamson Street, in the Marquette neighborhood. June featured artist is Grace Lorentz. You can also check out HYART Gallery on Johnson near the Capitol.

6. Sports Dad-Tickets to a local sporting event are always a great idea or go big and get season tickets for his favorite team!

7. Beer Dad– Make your Madison dads day with a toast at a local brewery or beer event. You can even bring back a gift of his favorite six pack. If you are really looking for an amazing beer experience with Dad check out Hop Head Tours. Hop Heads main mission according to their website is “to provide fun, safe and educational tours of breweries, wineries, distilleries and related attractions.” This Sunday just in time for Father’s Day there is a Madison based tour called Country Roads Brewery Bus Tour. The tour starts at Wisconsin Brewing Company. Grab Dad and go!

8. Handsome Dad– Give the gift of less stress and book some time relaxing at a spa or even a professional shave.

9. History Dad– Take a tour of one of the many historical museums in the Madison area. Check out the Madison Historical Society and see if there are any tours of interest, you and dad will love the time together and learn about the past. A unique place to visit is the Wisconsin Historical Museum. For a list of history museums in Wisconsin click here.

10. Laser Tag Dad-You an dad can channel your inner warrior and take on a fun game of laser tag. A local favorite is the Ultrazone on Grand Canyon Drive on Madison’s west side.

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Talk of the Town

Recently I had the honor of appearing on a local television show, Talk of the TownTalk of the Town on channel CW 57.  Justin, who is one of my clients and also a  host of  Talk of the Town contacted me and asked me to sit for an interview about my business, the Madison real estate market, and my new blog.

It was a big compliment that he asked me so I was excited to take him up on the offer. Appearing on television for my first time was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.  Talk of the Town on the CW hosts interviews and profiles of local newsmakers, personalities, organizations, and upcoming events.

Here is the video segment from CW 57 Talk of the Town, enjoy!:


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Holiday Art Fair

Holiday Art Fair
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison WI

Every year, my wife and I go to the Holiday Art Fair at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA) and Overture Center. We love going downtown  and supporting the arts. The Overture Center and MMOCA  are top notch art centers and we are very lucky to have them here in Madison, Wisconsin.

For three days every year around this time the Museum and Overture Center are transformed with over 90 artisans and specialty food vendors.  According to MMOCA’s website, “thousands of people come out for this spectacular event to kick off the holiday season with cheer! The 2014 Holiday Art Fair will present fine art and craft from around the country, as well as local and gourmet treats, a silent auction, performances by local art organizations, and the popular Rediscovered Arts & Treasures Sale.” The art fair is a great fundraiser that helps to provide support for exhibitions and education programs. The cost of admission this year is $6.00.

There are gifts for all budgets. Take a look at the  2014 Holiday Guide. The guide shares ideas for budgets around $50.00.  In addition, this year we are going to enter the Holiday Art Fair Photo Contest. You can enter your photo taken at the fair and capture the experience. If your photo is chosen you may be able to win a membership to MMOCA. Click here for more information and the rules to participate. This will be our first time entering the photo contest.

The 2014 Holiday Art Fair kicks off  today November 21st at 2:30-7:00pm and will reopen again tomorrow Saturday November 22 from 10:00 am-5:00pm. Sunday, November 23 is the last day of the fair and the hours for Sunday are 10:00am-3:00pm.  We love the music and festivities that circle around the art fair. I encourage you to check out MMOCA’s website to learn about the details, maybe we will see you there!

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Farmer’s Market Saturday

Farmers Market Saturday
Dane County Farmer’s Market

In the fall I love to go to Farmer’s Market Saturday downtown. Its official name is the Dane County Farmers Market. You can find lots of great things like fresh produce, meats, cheese, flowers and plants, and baked goods. I don’t get to come down to the farmers market too often as a realtor I’m working with clients on Saturdays showing homes. I had time this morning to check it out with my wife. Fall is in full swing at the farmers market and it is a glorious Saturday morning!

I consider my wife a foodie. She is an amazing cook and we scored some great things at the Harmony Valley Farm stand. They are one of the local organic farms here in Wisconsin. She will do it all justice in the kitchen I’m sure!

When I’m working with clients that are relocating to Madison I often get the question, “What things make Madison a uniqe place to live?” I can talk about a lot of things and I often mention the farmers market on Saturday around the capitol square. It’s a great experience that really sums up Madison in all its glory. People milling around the square, the capitol, the guy that plays the piccolo filling the air with music, the street cart food stands, the flowers, farm fresh produce, and the smell of kettle corn and Stella’s hot and cheesy bread. The grounds surrounding the State Capitol are an ideal site to host the market. The magnificent landscape and stunning architecture serve as a spectacular backdrop to Dane County’s most celebrated event.

Everything at the market is grown in Wisconsin, that is actually one of the rules to be a vendor at the market. I always recommend to try to get up early to the market as you will have the luxury of strolling along at your own pace without the large crowd that comes later in the day. The market opens at 6am and finishes around 2pm. Maybe I might run into you at the market one of these Saturdays!

Farmers Market Saturday
Autumn Bounty, Dane County Farmers Market
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