Jane Burns


Mary Langenfeld

The Spark! program is modeled after Meet Me at MoMA, a monthly program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to engage individuals with dementia and their care partners through art. more



Jane Burns

A French sheep’s milk cheese gets top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace. But Wisconsin makes a strong showing. more

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What does it take to judge the world’s best cheeses at the World Championship Cheese Contest? Isthmus talks to some of the “Red Hats.” more


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Cold pack cheese is as real as curds or aged cheddars. This Wisco hit just keeps on getting better with more cheesemakers coming up with special spreadables. more



Jane Burns

Cheese Underground founder Jeanne Carpenter and her husband are taking over Oregon’s Firefly Coffeehouse. Guess what they’re adding to the menu? more

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David Stluka

Wisconsin Cheese Camp is the place to learn all about artisanal cheese. Jane Burns talks to organizer and cheese geek Jeanne Carpenter. more



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Paoli jeweler John/Christine Designs finds the good luck amid the bad. John Strobel runs a gallery with wife Christine, does the art fair circuit and custom-designs pieces. more


The UW can’t fix the Field House fast enough for volleyball fans. Tickets for sold-out games are a hot commodity. more

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Mary Langenfeld

While Friday nights are full of crowded bleachers and marching bands, more subdued scenes unfold on Saturday mornings when yawning teenagers board a bus to a volleyball tournament, cross-country invitational, soccer game or swim meet for the day. more



Keith Borden

Johannes Wallmann, UW’s director of jazz studies, is soon to release a new album with rapper Rob Dz. It’s political and personal, inspired by the court fight to legalize gay marriage. more


Isthmus talks to Mike Peters, frontman for ‘80s icons The Alarm, about surviving cancer and how the band’s early anthems provide a soundtrack for his life. The band is at the Barrymore on Aug. 30, for the first time ever. more


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Jane Burns

Diana Murphy’s cow, Nelle, is the sole producer of a cheese called Arthur. Murphy, an experienced goat cheese maker, likes the farmstead aspect of one cow, one cheese. more



Jane Burns

On country roads throughout Dane County and beyond, corn stands that work on the honor system dot the landscape. Piles of sweet corn sit alone, kept company by a lockbox and, every once in a while, a kid whose family runs the pop-up business for a li more

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Jane Burns

A selection of area cheese boards shows a diversity of approaches. From Belgian soft cheese made by Trappist monks to a Sartori sampler, it’s all good. more



Sartori Cheese

Plenty of championship ribbons for @sartori_cheese, but buying a wedge doesn’t break the bank. Master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski discusses the company’s best-sellers. more

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After a Google search for “Appalachian soul,” Mt. Horeb’s author Alex Bledsoe began writing a fantasy series based around song titles from a folk musician. He recently released his fifth book in the Tufa series, “Gather Her Round.” more


The best of Wisconsin, themed, curated and shipped. A new Mount Horeb business, WiscoBoxes, is keeping a keen eye out for the best products. more


Yodelay Swiss yogurt from Markus Candinas is the real deal. After years of searching, the chocolatier finally manufactured his own: thinner, fruitier and high protein. more

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The Madison Community Foundation was born in 1942 to support veterans returning from World War II. That mission quickly evolved. Now it’s celebrating 75 years with a slate of grants for future projects, including one reimagining the Monona lakefront. more



Todd Maughan

Fromagination’s new service is a dairy-centric Wisconsin meal kit. All ingredients and recipes are included. more


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    Sylvain Diedrichs, a representative of Savencia Cheese USA, hoists the Best in Show ribbon during the finals of the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace.

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    Firefly Coffeehouse founder Erika Weidler, left, with new owner Jeanne Carpenter.

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    John and Christine Strobel.

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    Amy and John Whitehead of Cross Plains buy corn at the Statz family self-serve stand.

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    The Grand Fromage Board at Field Table is seasonal, from its cheeses to accompaniments like strawberries.