Recent and Upcoming Events

FOOT-Loose FREE Dances - Every Thursday in September at Olin Pavilion, 6-8 PM

posted Sep 8, 2016, 8:42 AM by Tom DeChant

Come put your dancin' shoes on and join the FREE fun at Olin Park pavilion every Thursday this September, from 6 to 8 PM. 
The remaining line-up (you already missed the fun Scottish Country folks!) is:
  • Thursday, September 8th:     Madison Contra Dance Co-op
  • Thursday, September 15th:   Madison Tango Society
  • Thursday, September 22nd:  Dairyland Cowboys & Cowgirls
  • Thursday, September 29th:   OPEN DANCE with the Big Band sounds of the Madison Jazz Orchestra
Come to learn, or just to watch. No partner necessary. Event is indoors, so the dances go on rain or shine.
No instruction on the 29th - just a free community dance to the big band sounds of a full jazz orchestra!

Put it on your calendars now, and see you there! 

5th Annual FREE Yoga Series in Olin Pavilion

posted May 19, 2016, 11:52 AM by Tom DeChant

Once again, join instructor Samantha Kellogg for six free sessions of yoga instruction in beautiful Olin Park pavilion. 
Sam is trained in the Alignment Yoga method, with an interest in cycling, running, stand-up paddling and integrating yoga with other activities. This class is open to all levels and experiences, focusing on yoga fundamentals, breathing, asana postures and especially bringing people together to practice in a beautiful location. Bring you mat if you have one, but mats and props will be available.

What:        Six FREE yoga sessions 
Where:      Olin Park pavilion
Time:         5:30 PM
Dates:       TUESDAYS
                    - May 31st
                    - June 7th & 28th
                    - July 5th, 12th, & 19th   


posted Mar 28, 2016, 3:24 PM by Tom DeChant   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 5:12 PM ]

Once again, FOOT is proud to present four FREE nights of folk and country music at the historic Olin Park Pavilion

This year, the concert series will be held on the four WEDNESDAY nights of May, and the line-up includes:
  • -- May 4th:     Maintainers

  • -- May 11th:   Lou & Peter Berryman

  • -- May 18th:  The Whiskey Farm

  • -- May 25th:  Cris Plata and Extra Hot
Every concert starts at 6 PM and goes to 8 PM. Concerts will occur rain or shine (there are lots of dry seats inside the pavilion!).

Bring a picnic or snacks, and bring the kids. Great, free family fun.

Weed Pull on Saturday, April 30th, at Turville, 10AM-1PM

posted Mar 10, 2016, 7:10 PM by Tom DeChant

Madison Weed Warriors needs volunteers to help with the removal of Garlic Mustard, Dame's Rocket, and other invasive species as well as trash at Turville Point on Saturday, April 30th, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call Tammy at 608-257-1329. Thanks for helping keep Turville Point beautiful and weed-free!

Photo by Jonah Westrich

Guided Bird & Nature Walks - Every 2nd Sunday @ 1:30 PM

posted Feb 8, 2016, 4:04 PM by Tom DeChant

Join Friends of Olin Turville for a guided walk through tranquil Turville Point every second Sunday of the month. Walks leave at 1:30 PM from the main entrance to Turville Point Conservation Park, off the south parking lot of Olin-Turville Parks. Tours may be led by one of us Friends, or by conservationists from the Madison School Forestry program. Depending on the season, the focus may be on viewing birds and wildlife, spotting spring ephemerals, identifying trees and edible plants, or detecting approaching signs of winter, Walks last from one to one and a half hours,depending on group size and interests. Come explore nature right in the heart of our city. 

TONIGHT, January 23rd - Candlight Ski/walk at Turville Point - Starts at 6 PM

posted Jan 23, 2016, 1:07 PM by Tom DeChant

Join FOOT (Friends of Olin-Turville) for candlelit Nordic Skiing (or candlelit walking) in beautiful Turville Point Conservation Park starting at 6:00 PM Tonight. 

The trails are snow and ice covered with no obvious areas of bare ground. The trails look like they were groomed a number of days ago and in most areas the single groomed lane is usable but icy. For those who are coming for skiing, be prepared for icy conditions and some bumpy areas but there is a groomed lane in most areas. For those on foot who want to walk the trails, wear boots with good traction and please do not walk directly on the groomed ski lane.

A portion of the park trails will be lined with lights. There will be warming fires, free hot chocolate, S'more fixings, baked goodies and maybe a few local musicians to set the mood. Meet at the entrance to Turville Point off the south parking lot.  This free event is hosted by Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) in conjunction with the Madison Parks Division, with hot chocolate donated by Barriques.


FOOT-Loose!! FREE Dances in Olin Pavilion

posted Sep 3, 2015, 4:59 PM by Tom DeChant

Come join us from 6 to 8 PM on three Tuesday nights this September for FREE FOOT-stomping fun at the beautiful Olin pavilion.

-- Tuesday, September 15th:    Madison Tango Society
-- Tuesday, September 22nd:   Madison Scottish Country Dancers
-- Tuesday, September 29th:    Prairie Bayou Cajun Band

On the 15th, join the Madison Tango Society to learn the basic steps of Argentina's passionate tango. On the 22nd, learn the traditional reels, jigs, and strathspeys of Scotland from Madison's Scottish Country Dancers. And on the 29th, enjoy the live music of the Prairie Bayou Cajun Band while learning the dance traditions of Louisiana's bayou country.

Just watch, or join in and learn. No partner necessary. Event is FREE, sponsored by Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) and the Madison Parks Division. Dances will occur rain or shine, since they're inside the historic Olin pavilion. 

FREE Yoga in the Pavilion - Six Summer Tuesdays at 5:30 PM

posted May 26, 2015, 11:50 AM by Tom DeChant

Once again, join Samantha Kellogg for six sessions of FREE yoga instruction on Tuesdays in June, July and August at the Olin Park pavilion. 

WHEN:    Tuesdays in June:    2nd, 9th and 16th
                Tuesdays in July:     7th,  21st
                Tuesday in August:  4th

WHERE:  Olin Park Pavilion

TIME:      5:30 PM 

WHAT:    Samantha is trained in the Alignment Yoga method, with an interest in cycling, running, stand-up paddling and integrating yoga with other activities
                This class is open to all levels and experiences, and will focus on yoga fundamentals, breathing, asana postures and bringing people together to practice
                in a beautiful location.

Bring your mat if you have one, but mats and props are available.

May Musical Madness Returns!!

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:13 AM by Tom DeChant   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 4:36 PM ]

Every Tuesday in May, from 6 to 8 PM, come enjoy a free concert at the historic Olin Park pavilion!  

o May 5:      Mark Croft and The Getaway Drivers
o May 12:    The Whiskey Farm
o May 19:    Cris Plata with Extra Hot
o May 26:    The Berrymans

Bring a picnic, bring the family, and bring your dancin' shoes. And if you need some inspiration, click on the mp3 file below to hear a little ditty Lou & Peter wrote just for our Olin Park concert.  

FOOT Joins Madison Parks Foundation

posted Feb 25, 2015, 8:50 PM by Tom DeChant

As of February 19, 2015, FOOT has a signed agreement with the Madison Parks Foundation that provides us with IRS 501 (c) (3) status for fund-raising purposes. Through this agreement, FOOT will also be able to use of the Foundation's PayPal account when fund-raising, and will be able to post up-coming FOOT events on the Foundation calendar. Funds FOOT has raised through its concerts, ski evenings and other events, in the amount of $500, have been deposited with the Foundation for use by FOOT for the following broad purposes stated in the agreement:

-- General improvements and enhancements to both Olin & Turville Parks, such as bike racks, signage, seed-tosses, and other conservation efforts and
   improved amenities.
-- Save-a-Tree program for selected ash trees in Olin Park, if applicable.
-- FOOT-sponsored and Parks Division-approved programs and activities in Olin and Turville Parks that foster the ends of the community policing effort
                                                                                                                                      inaugurated in 2010.

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