The Terrace is coming

Two words: Terrace Season.

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The Terrace is coming
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Good morning, Madison!

Two words: Terrace Season.

The Memorial Union Terrace will officially open for the 2023 season tomorrow.

The folks at the Union are currently in the process of putting out hundreds of tables and thousands of orange, yellow, and green sunburst chairs. The seasonal Brat Stand will open Friday, and the BBQ Stand and Terrace store Lakeview Lounge are expected to return in early May.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I'll fill you in. The Terrace is a place to relax, enjoy a beverage, and bask in the beauty of Lake Mendota. The Union hosts scores of events at the Terrace throughout the season, including free concerts, movie screenings, and more.

“A summer in Madison isn’t complete without a visit to the Memorial Union Terrace,” Wisconsin Union Deputy Director Susan Dibbell said in a statement, “and we have a summer of programming planned to help people make the most of every week of warmer weather.”

These days, the lakefront hangout spot welcomes around 800,000 visitors during a typical season. That's a whole lot of pitchers of Spotted Cow.

— Hayley

Rendering via Saski

📊 What Madison said about the proposed Lake Monona Redesign plans.

  • More than 2,400 people filled out the city's survey requesting feedback on proposed design plans for the future of the Lake Monona waterfront.
  • Boston-based design firm Sasaki scored highest among respondents. Its concept would add an elevated boardwalk, nature center, and boathouse to the area. You can see a video of the proposal here.
  • The Lake Monona Waterfront Committee will use the survey results to select a preferred plan to refer to City Council later this year.
  • Some context: Three internationally renowned design teams submitted plans to reimagine the Lake Monona Waterfront. Architects were tasked with creating a welcoming, inclusive, and environmentally focused master plan for the area to help guide future lakeshore projects

🌮 There's a west side new food truck on the scene.

  • Mexsal Mobile food truck opened recently on the city's West side, serving Mexican and Salvadoran food.
  • The family-owned operation is stationed in the Menards parking lot at 430 Commerce Drive, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to Madison Magazine.
  • “Madison, it’s a big city where the food is going to have a big impact,” the owner told the magazine. “Not just now, but in the future.”
Elvira is looking for her forever family! Is that you?

😻 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet: Elvira.

  • From the Dane County Humane Society: This nearly 10-year-old cat is very sweet and loveable. She purrs with delight as she receives pets and snuggles. Elvira also enjoys treats and softly spoken words. She's so affectionate.

    Elvira is looking for a loving family who will spoil her with affection and attention.

    Elvira is a member of the Lonely Hearts Club and her adoption fee has been reduced. Click here to learn more about her.

⚖️ Your lunchtime read: Wisconsin Republicans now have impeachment power. Here's how the process works.

  • Via WPR: "Wisconsin presented a tale of two elections Tuesday — one that captured a liberal majority on the state Supreme Court for the first time in 15 years, and another that seemingly threatened to take that victory back."
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Photo submitted by Dexter Patterson

Meet Madison’s Biggest Bird Nerd

The sun is finally shining, the birds are singing… spring is here and the WiscoBirder is on the lookout! The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is around the corner. Beginning April 15th, teams from around the state compete to spot as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period.

Dexter Patterson teaches photography at UW Madison, but he’s perhaps better known as the WiscoBirder and co-founder of the BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin.

Get ready to meet one of Madison’s biggest bird nerds.


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