Ah, these short weeks. It seems like I just finished the column that ran in issue 47. The disruptor of the weekly routine is, of course, Thanksgiving. If you're reading this one before the fact, I hope you have a good holiday with plenty of family and/or friends to share the occasion. If you're reading after the fact, I hope you enjoyed those nurturing conditions.
I know that there are many folks for whom this will be a lonely holiday. We've almost all experienced times in our lives when we were estranged from the home hearth. That is especially true in a college town, when travel distances often dictate staying put. I hope some of the folks in that position took note of our feature in the paper last week that gave a rundown of Thanksgiving dinners available to the public around town.
In another concession to a hectic week, we've taken the heavy reading away from you in this issue, holding the feature stories and devoting the space to local images. We are using the occasion to showcase the winners and some of the highlights from our recent photo contest, conceived around the theme of "That's Sooo Madison." We had over 250 entries in the competition, which was generously sponsored by the Camera Company. Twenty of the photos are printed in this issue, including the first-place winner, "Like This, Daddy?" by Freddie Endres, and the second-place winner, "Busker Standing on Head Fiddling" by Tim Kohl. Those two will get prizes provided by the Camera Company.
I must say, Gabriele Solterra gave us the perfect cover photo to illustrate the contest with her "A Capitol Sunset: Enjoying the Sunset on Monona Terrace." To enjoy an additional 17 photos from the contest, go to TheDailyPage.com/photocontest. Enjoy the photos, enjoy Thanksgiving and enjoy your Isthmus.