Erica Krug

Scores of people showed up for the beginning ukulele workshop at Madison Central Library in November. An hour later, 130 people played “Johnny B. Goode” together. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Sharon Vanorny

Toddlers at the Goddard School in Verona this year participated in the school chain’s annual toy testing, trying out and rating dozens of educational toys. And the winners are (drum roll please)... more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

The artistically inclined will love art to wear, art to do, and the chance to support art locally. Inspiration can be found anywhere from a blank sketchbook to an empty teapot. more

Nov 16, 2017 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving

Alex Hohlstein hand crafts guitars and more. He’s even made a guitar from a local tree branch. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Brett Stepanik

The Real Life Library aims to foster human connection, empathy and interaction. Organizer Jennifer Smith says: “I am constantly blown away by the idea that every single person in the world has a story to tell, and has something they can teach me." more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Danielle Stoddard

Madison Studio Share makes life easier for professional photographers. Milwaukee photographer Danielle Stoddard launched the concept in Milwaukee and has opened her first satellite here. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Chris Collins

The Bayview community has created a mural that represents its international and intergenerational community, which includes refugees. A pair of wings suggests transformation, migration and journey. more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Take a walk on the Wag! side. There’s a new app that people are calling “the Uber of dog walking.” more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Tim Fitch

The Crazy Daisy Flower Truck delivers bouquets in a VW van. Currently Michelle Hornung is selling at the new Prairie Lakes Farmers’ Market in Sun Prairie. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Beth Skogen

Beth Skogen’s bungalow is a cozy reason to throw a party. The Madison photographer brought sentiment and a touch of whimsy to decorating, right up to and including her alley garage. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Abode 2 Comments

Amy Lambright Murphy and Jill Schaefer dreamed up Reek Havoc as a way to cope with pet odors. But the business has also connected them to the community. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Katie Scheidt

Students at Lapham Elementary are turning discarded materials into sculptures — whether it’s a life-size gummy bear or a winking apple. Project leader Amy Mietzel wanted students to see how waste can be used in beautiful ways. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Canine Sports Zone is an indoor fun space for dogs. Agility training and competitions take place here too. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Jason Kierce

Kosher Chopped is a constraint-filled drama for Chef Week. Four Madison chefs gathered at UW-Hillel to accept the challenge. more

Mar 8, 2017 4:41 PM FOOD & DRINK

Chefs take the spotlight in unusual ways during this year’s MACN Chef Week. There’s collaboration as well as competition. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Carolyn Fath

A saketini from Morris Ramen means you don’t have to choose between sake and a mixed drink. The spiced pear version melds the earthy and the fruity. more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Nick Berard

The Wisconsin School Garden Network expands its reach across Wisconsin and to Latin America. Its handbook, “Teaching in Nature’s Classroom,” will soon be available in Spanish. more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

One Wayward Apple does not spoil the bunch. The Fitchburg gift shop fills a niche for handcrafted, locally made gifts in the suburbs. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Lucas Endres

A clarified milk punch from Merchant borrows from a three-hundred-year-old English tradition. The Moloko punch is bright, citrusy and creamy. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Laura Zastrow

Winter solstice is traditionally a time to purge unwanted emotions and events from life. At Olbrich Park, many people brace for years of darkness — but hope for light. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments