Change reopens + Canterbury closing + COVID funding

Happy Tuesday, Madison.

Are you planning any outdoor getaways this winter season? Even in the cold months, Wisconsin nature has a lot to offer and campers can get their outdoor fixes now that the DNR has opened year-round camping reservations.

You can make reservations on the DNR’s website, or by calling 1-888-WIPARK. Hot tip: not all camp sites get plowed so be sure to double-check that before heading into the woods.

— Hayley


🖼️ Saying goodbye to the murals at Canterbury Inn.

💰 Wisconsin communities are set to receive more than $200 million in federal COVID dollars. Here's where that money will go in Dane County.

🛍️ Welcome back, Change Boutique.

  • After an SUV crashed into its Willy Street storefront over the summer, Change Boutique re-opened its doors over the weekend. The renovation was quite literally a labor of love, with community members, employees, and customers donating their time and materials to rebuild the store.
  • Initially after the crash, owner Nikki Anderson set up shop on Livingston Street where lack of foot traffic and opportunistic shoppers cost her nearly 30% of her expected revenue. She's hoping to make up for those losses this holiday shopping season.

❄️ PSA: Here are the Streets Division drop-off sites winter hours.

🎦 Marcus Theaters will soon offer vaccination-required shows.

  • Starting Friday, Sun Prairie’s Marcus Palace will offer guests the option of seeing movies in a theater where proof of vaccination is required.
  • The theater will have afternoon and evening showtime screenings with vaccination requirements for select movies. According to the theater's website, guests attending these shows will be asked to present a vaccination card or a photo of the card and a photo ID.
“It’s just giving people a choice." — Greg Marcus, president of Marcus Theaters

🏀 The new Wisconsin men’s basketball uniforms designed by players.

⚖️ Your lunchtime read: Public health, public safety, and the people caught in the coils.

  • From Tone Madison: "For years, County officials have argued that a new jail is needed to close the two unsafe floors of the City County Building (CCB) jail. With ballooning costs, some in the community are asking to keep the jail population down, as it has been during COVID, without building a giant tower. [...] These things may not seem related—our housing and mental health and the jail—but they are connected by more than the bland budget that pays for them."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.6%

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: Tuesday, Nov. 30

For more happenings around town, check out our full events post here.


(Header image via Flickr user Richard Hurd CC BY 2.0)