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Ken Harwood
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2017 Football State Championships

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 16-17

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis. 

Thursday, Nov. 16

Div. 7:  Bangor (13-0) vs. Black Hawk (13-0) - 10 a.m.
Div. 6:  Iola-Scandinavia (11-2) vs. St. Mary`s Springs (13-0) - 1 p.m.
Div. 5:  Amherst (12-1) vs. Lake Country Lutheran (13-0) - 4 p.m.
Div. 4:  St. Croix Central (12-1) vs. Lodi (13-0) - 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17 

Div. 3:  Rice Lake (10-2) vs. New Berlin Eisenhower (13-0) - 10 a.m.
Div. 2:  Waunakee (13-0) vs. Brookfield Central (13-0) - 1 p.m.
Div. 1:  Kimberly (13-0) vs. Sun Prairie (13-0) - 4 p.m.


Ken Notes: Congrats and WELCOME!

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GAME: Saturday 11/18/2017 - 11AM - Camp Randall

Pre Game - Gameday`s Best Tailgate - Union South

Join us 2½ hours before kickoff, every football home game, for gameday`s best tailgate. Just steps from Camp Randall Stadium at Union South, Badger Bash offers food, drinks and entertainment—indoors and out.

Badger Bash Features:

• UW-Madison Marching Band performance (approx. 1.5 hrs before kickoff)
• UW-Madison Spirit Squad performances
• Local celebrity emcees
• Fun & games by our sponsors
• Live music
• More than 100 fresh, hot food & beverage options
• The best game-day restrooms in Madison


10 down 5 to go! NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!

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Calendars - Things To Do in the Madison Area
MadisonNotes does NOT maintain a calendar because there are so many great ones already! Here are a few we like, many will allow you to submit your event.
Madison Magazine
Madison Uw
UWarts Edgewood Olbrich Parks
Visit Madison UW WORT

Yelp Downtown

Madison Area Chambers


Ken Notes: FREE - If your calendar or chamber is not listed call 608-334-2174...

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1st Annual - Downtown Madison Seasonal Light Celebration

Saturday, November 18 at 6:08pm
Top of State Street & the Capitol Square

A special evening will kick off the new Shine on Madison celebration. Madison Community Foundation proudly presents the Seasonal Lighting Ceremony as the newest Downtown event. It will be the biggest and brightest party yet.

Celebrate the season with more shopping, arts, events and more lights than ever before! Shine on Madison is the 1st Annual Seasonal Lighting Celebration for Downtown Madison.

Madison’s Central Business Improvement District and Madison Community Foundation, along with presenting sponsor Madison Gas & Electric, is proud to present this season of celebrating the unique ways our community SHINES!

With more than 101 events, 7 community light displays, an interactive grove of trees, a winter forest, a live King Street, a giant tree and special decorations from downtown property owners, the city will be brighter than ever! See lighting ceremony details.

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TONIGHT: Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: "This Storied River - Legend and Lore of the Upper Mississippi"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6-8:30 pm

Enjoy an intimate look at the Upper Mississippi, from Dubuque, Iowa, to the Minnesota headwaters and many places in between with Dennis McCann, author of This Storied River: Legend and Lore of the Upper Mississippi. Far more than a travel guide, “This Storied River” celebrates the Upper Mississippi’s colorful history and the unique role the river has played in shaping the Midwest for generations. McCann inspires a new appreciation for the river and its landscape in this humorous and enlightening collection.

Pre-registration and payment is required for this event. See link for details on how to sign up.

Dinner Menu

Before the presentation, participants will enjoy a meal inspired by the Upper Mississippi catered by Blue Plate Catering.


Saturday, November 18, 2017


Wisconsin Shipwrecks for Kids! 


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Venues - Madison Music and Theatre Venues


Wisconsin Union

You Belong Here

Other Entertainment Venues in Madison


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MMoCA Art & Gift Fair

November 18-19, 2017

Formerly known as the Holiday Art Fair, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will feature an even wider array of fine art and craft, handmade items, and gourmet treats for sale than ever before throughout MMoCA and Overture Center for the Arts spaces. Guests to the fair will enjoy shopping at nearly 100 booths, designer vignettes, holiday "selfie booths", a silent auction, performances by local art organizations, and the popular Rediscovered Treasures Sale. This festive event is one of MMoCA’s most important annual fundraisers, providing crucial support for exhibitions and education programming. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10am-8pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10am-4pm

Click here to buy general admission tickets at a discount online before November 17.
Admission: $6 at the door/Children under 12 admitted free.
Volunteer for a shift and receive a free admission ticket to the fair!


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Holiday Fantasy in Lights

November 18, 2017 to January 2, 2018

The lights go on each evening at 4 pm
through January 2nd at Olin Park
Free Admission
Celebrating 29 years in 2017

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Holiday Market

Nov 18?–?Dec 16, 2017
7:30 am?–?12:00 pm

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive

Your weekly grocery trip has never been so full of holiday joy!

The Holiday Dane County Farmer’s Market is located in the majestic Monona Terrace.  This bustling market features more than 60 vendors and is your one-stop shop for all of your local food needs for the holidays!

The Market is open November 18, December 2, December 9, and December 16.  We will not be open on November 25th.


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Stay - Places to Stay in the Madison Area

Sponsoring Hotels and Lodging in the Madison Area

Madison Radison

You Belong Here

Places to Stay

Here for $ 10

Other places to stay in Madison


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Cocktails in the Conservatory

Friday, November 17, 2017

7 - 11 p.m.

Widely known for his program "Who Cooks For You", an eclectic music show airing Fridays at 2 p.m. on WORT-FM, The Real Jaguar can also be found behind the turntables at a host of area bars and clubs, spinning a variety of music for all palates.

Gabe "The Real Jaguar" has a love for music that is real and profound. His sets are eclectic, never boring, and always bring laughter and good times. You`ll be carried away by deep funk electronica one minute and then be bouncing along singing the words to a 80`s goofball number the next. Every time you think you have his set figured out, he`ll surprise you with a different direction you hadn`t thought of, but, it`s the right one. Funness.


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Madison Symphony Orchestra - Troubadour: Two Faces of the Classical Guitar

Fri, Nov 17 - Sun, Nov 19

Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin delights with Chris Brubeck’s jazz-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra and Rodrigo’s successful Concierto de Aranjuez, infused with nature sounds. Conductor John DeMain will also lead the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Copland’s pioneer West-inspired Billy the Kid Suite and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, written for ballet.

About Sharon Isbin
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.”

COPLAND | Billy the Kid Suite
CHRIS BRUBECK | Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
RODRIGO | Concierto de Aranjuez
FALLA | The Three-Cornered Hat


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Places to Dine and Relax in the Madison Area
Supporting Restaurants and Pubs in  the Madison Area

Twist Bar & Grill
Your Soccer HQ

You Belong Here

All Restaurants

Here for $ 10

All Madison Restaurants and Pubs


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The Madhatters Fall Show

Sat, Nov 18

Capitol Theater: $15 - $25

Your favorite men in red blazers are back and better than ever! Madison’s Premier Men’s A Capella Group is ready to sweep you off your feet with their musical talent. Starting in 1997, The Madhatters have entertained and wowed audiences with their goofy and fun performances. From classics by Seal and Lionel Ritchie to the newest Justin Bieber & Shawn Mendes hits, The Madhatters show is great for the whole family! Grab your tickets now for a fun-filled night of music with The Madhatters!


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Opening This Week

Is He Dead?

By Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives

Directed by David Furumoto

Unpublished for over 100 years, Mark Twain’s signature humor comes to life on the stage in this “new comedy.” A young, talented painter (based on the real life Jean-Francois Millet) finds his dreams of marrying thwarted by debts and his lack of buyers for his work. Forced into desperate measures, he realizes that no artist is truly successful unless he is dead. Faking his own death, Millet develops a masquerade that causes hilarious complications as he tries to secure his fortune, get the girl, and triumph.

The cast features Josie Brandmeier, Alexandria Chapes, Seth Foust, Ana Gonzalez, Ben Jaeger, Erika Marks, Jack Morrison, Jared Paulin, Paul Urbanski, Brendan Walsh, and Sam Wood.

Produced by University Theatre (UW-Madison) at Ronald Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave, Madison

Performances: November 16 - December 10, 2017

Performance Times:
Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM (no performances Thanksgiving weekend)...


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Madison Gem & Mineral Show and Sale

AEC Exhibition Hall

Event Website:madisonrockclub.org

11/18/2017 -  11/19/2017

More than a dozen vendors will be present to feature jewelry, fossils, rock specimens, beads and much more. The Madison Gem & Mineral Club promotes and encourage the study of mineralogy, lapidary arts, gemology, paleontology, and other allied fields.

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Madison Notes Online Discounts - Coming Soon
Soon visitors to Madison will be able to bring up online coupons for use in Madison. Promote your business to Tourists, EPIC Trainees, Badger Game Attendees, Students, Business Visitors, and so many more:
  • Buy One Get One
  • Out of Town Discount
  • Student/Senior Discount
  • Game Day Discount
  • Pay The Tip Discount 20%
  • Be Creative...

Each coupon will cost $50.00 one time for set up and will last as long as you would like. Just email Coupon@MadisonNotes.com the details, we will set it up call you so you can see the finished product, and if you like it will post it online and send you an e-bill.

Include in the email, Business, Discount or Promotion, expiration date if wanted and your contact info.  You will be billed once the coupon is reviewed approved and posted. Coupons will eventually be available to everyone at MadisonNotes.com/Coupons....


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2017 Goals:

MadisonNotes will advocate for:
  • Destination tourism (Plays, Events, Concerts, Etc.)
  • Regional, National and Global recognition of our restaurants, hotels, and venues.
  • A visitor and business friendly transit systems.
  • The cooperative use of venues to support conventions and other major events.
  • Downtown living for adults, from millennial`s to seniors.
  • Business travelers to extend their stay into the weekend or return visits.


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Madison Theatre Companies
  • StageQ (Madison)
  • Strollers Theatre (Madison)
  • Madison Theatre Guild (Madison)
  • Encore Studio for the Performing Arts (Madison)
  • Four Seasons Theatre (Madison)
  • Broom Street Theater (Madison)
  • Undergraduate Theatre Association (Madison)
  • TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater (Madison)
  • Madison Savoyards, Ltd. (Madison)
  • Lamppost Players Children`s Theater (Madison)
  • Young Shakespeare Players (Madison)
  • Edgewood College Theatre (Madison)
  • Madison College Performing Arts (Madison)
  • University Theatre (UW-Madison) (Madison)
  • St. Bernard Players (Madison)
  • Music Theatre of Madison (Madison)
  • Opera for the Young (Madison)
  • Madison Opera (Madison)
  • Children`s Theater of Madison (Madison)
  • Playwrights Ink (Madison)
  • Kathie Rasmussen Women`s Theatre (Madison)
  • Forward Theater Company (Madison)
  • The Bricks Theatre (Madison)
  • Fresco Opera Theatre (Madison)
  • The Open Stages Project (Madison)
  • Are We Delicious? (Madison)
  • Madison Shakespeare Company (Madison)
  • Fermat`s Last Theater Company (Madison)
  • Know Better Productions (Madison)
  • Theatre Lila (Madison)
  • Mad Fools Guild (Madison)
  • Ark Improvisational Theatre (Madison)
  • Capital City Theatre (Madison)
  • Upstart Crows Productions, Inc. (Madison)
  • House Theatre Madison (Madison)
  • Left of Left Center (Madison)
  • Wilder Theater (Madison )
  •    ...more

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