Recent and Upcoming Events
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.
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
-- 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.
Come join us at Barriques on Park St. on Tuesday, February 17th at 6 PM for our regular bi-monthly FOOT meeting.
Agenda topics include:
Our usual backroom location could not be reserved, so look for us out in the main room.
Join us from 6 PM to 9 PM on Saturday, February 7th for candlelit Nordic Skiing (or moonlit walking if no snow) in beautiful Turville Point Conservation Park. 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. If the snow cooperates, the trails should be freshly groomed - bring your own skis or rent a pair in advance. This free event is hosted by Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) in conjunctions with the Madison Parks Division, with hot chocolate donated by Barriques.
All dances are free and start at 6 PM in the historic Olin Park Pavilion. No experience or partner necessary. Come just to watch, or learn a few steps (instruction provided) and join in the fun.
These will be five fun and FOOT-Loose fall evenings - please come join us!!
Here's the line-up:
Ski Capitol-view, candlelit trails in beautiful Turville Point Conservation Park. Enjoy a free hot chocolate, courtesy of Barriques; a warming fire, local drumming and s'more fixins. If you're already out and about for Madison Winter Fest’s ski around the square, be sure to add this FOOT event to your activities. Come even if there's no snow - a stroll in the moon-lit woods (just avoid those groomed trails!) will be just as fun.
Bring your own skis or rent a pair in advance from folks like Fontana Sports, Rutabaga, or REI. Help reduce waste by bringing your own mug for the free hot chocolate. Meet at the main entrance to Turville Point, off the south parking lot.
Hosted by FOOT in conjunction with the Madison Parks Department and the generosity of Barriques.
Our most recent FOOT meeting was held on Tuesday, December 10th at 6 PM at Barriques on Park Street. Five 'regulars' attended: Ron, Andria, Lisie, Tom and Dex.
Here's what we got accomplished:
Four foot members and guest, Jim Lorman, of Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) met at Barriques on Park St. on October 15th at 6 PM. Topics covered were:
The September Folk Dance series (three Tuesday evenings) was well attended and folks had fun.
At Madison Bird City Day, September 29th, FOOT volunteer Lisie Kitchel represented Olin-Turville interests. Outcome was suggestion to create purple martin houses and chimney swift habitats in O-T.
On September 14th, a volunteer work party of several FOOT members, 7 students from Badger Rock Middle School and their teachers gathered and tossed wild flower seeds in Turville Conservation Park. Seeds gathered and tossed included: Wild Bergamot, Virginia Wild Rye, Yellow Giant Hyssop, Bottle Brush Grass, and Joe Pie Weed.
All who have seen the Madison Parks Department's new graphic for the kiosk near the pavilion feel it is a great improvement and appreciated having input into the design.
Plans for Upcoming Activities
Si Wistrand's "citizens inventory" of Madison parks' natural areas and their invasives was reviewed. Andria agreed to follow-up to determine whether this should be a focus of FOOT volunteer efforts.
Plans for another winter full-moon ski event were begun. Ron will research appropriate dates.