Happy Monday, Madison!

Did everyone have a good weekend?

Big shout out to everyone who stopped by the East Side Winter Market and Tone Madison's fundraising concert! It was amazing to see so many local artists, makers, and musicians doing what they do best and on top of that, I got to meet some awesome Madison Minutes fans IRL, which was kind of a mind-blowing experience.

Now to the news.

— Hayley

🏫 The School Board candidate made famous for her transphobic social media comments has dropped out of the race.

💉 The Madison Children's Museum is hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic today.

🏐 Time for some sports news.

🍸 After 69 years, Smoky's Club is closing.

The Madison mainstay will close at the end of February 2022 to make way for a new apartment complex.

The State Journal reports that labor shortages, rising food costs, and the COVID-19 pandemic created a perfect storm that the supper club couldn't weather. The owners initially considered being a part of the redevelopment but ultimately decided against it.

"Nobody lives forever, no business lasts forever. But enjoy it while you can.” — Co-owner and son of Smoky’s namesake Tom Schmock

🩰 Bringing The Nutcracker to refugees at Fort McCoy.

The Madison Ballet held four performances of the holiday classic for Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy. The event created a "palpable" excitement for the viewers as well as the performers.

🛍️ Meet Monroe Street's newest storefronts — Sunne Boutique and Trend Boutique.

  • Sunne Boutique, named after owner Carrie Astin’s grandmother, is located at 2534 Monroe St. next to Colectivo Coffee. Trend is on the other end of the street at 1639 Monroe St. where Walter’s Swim ‘n Sun once was.
  • At Sunne, the majority of the shop is filled with clothes from sustainable fashion brands. Trend is owner Kristina Olson's second store and sells everything from denim and t-shirts to leather accessories.

🎵 Madison musicians were busy this year, here's a look at some of the hottest local releases from 2021.

  • From Tone Madison: "Regardless of whether anyone's paying attention or not, our local musicians tend to create an unpredictable array of work, across all manner of genres and experiences. One simply does not summarize it with any degree of authority or tidiness. Better to simply try and get immersed in the frequently neglected beauty of it all."

🤑 Your lunchtime read: Black Currency podcasters want to make finance friendly.

  • From Cap Times: "Opal Ellyse, Bradley 'DLO' Thomas and Corey Whitmore are, by their own admission, not finance experts. That, they say, is exactly what makes them the perfect hosts for their new podcast Black Currency, 'a ground zero approach to building financial wealth and financial freedom.'"

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.3%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.9%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅  Events: Monday, Dec. 13


(Header image via Flickr user Adam Fagen)