The first annual Isthmus Independent Business Awards were presented at an inspiring ceremony at the Eldorado Grill last Monday, honoring the eight local entrepreneurs selected in the contested categories. It was an uplifting affair that engendered camaraderie and good feelings. Congratulations again to all the winners.
But we must now leave the warm fuzzies behind, relenting to the inexorable pull of time and moving on to the next attractions. This week that would include Giving, our annual supplement leading us into the holiday season. This year Giving incorporates the United Way Volunteers Center Holiday Wish List, which will tell you what various social service agencies would like to find under their Christmas tree this year.
Giving has tips for entertaining, a calendar of holiday events and a lot more, including the lowdown on the variety of trees that might adorn your living room this Christmas. It also contains enough gift ideas in its ads to provide an answer to your thorniest gifting dilemmas.
Skipping ahead to the following week, the stage is set, literally, for the finals of Band to Band Combat, this year's edition of the Madison Music Project event. Your ballots have whittled the field down to a final quartet of musical groups, which will face off on Dec. 2 at the Majestic Theatre.
On the final bill, for your listening and voting pleasure, are the Lucas Cates Band, the media., Crane Your Swan Neck and Sleeping in the Stereo. The doors will open at 8, and the music begins at 9. Each band will play a half-hour set, with the winner announced at the end of the night. The toll to participate is $5. Remember, you can preview the bands at TheDailyPage.com. Click on the Band to Band Combat notice.
Also keep in mind that because of Thanksgiving Isthmus will appear on Wednesday next week. Act accordingly.