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


Mary Langenfeld

Four years ago, Kris converted the basement of his Fitchburg residence into a Luciferian temple, where the coven’s rituals take place. more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 4 Comments


Mary Langenfeld

Jon Oakley referees high school freshman football games. It’s a far cry from the highly scrutinized college and pro games — or this weekend’s high school championships. But Oakley and his coworkers “take this job seriously.” more

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Eric Hamilton

A Southwest Commuter Path fixture, Bob Landis is noticeable for his hearty “good mornings,” rhythmic arm exercises, and bucket hat, which hides his eyes. His voice, with a hint of gravel, might sound stern if it weren’t for the greeting he offers. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Beth Skogen

On his 49th birthday, Gene Delcourt decided to learn how to play the fiddle. Now, 10 years later, he’s joining both novice and seasoned musicians in the East Side Acoustic Ensemble to realize his dream of performing live. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


John Wolf and Heiner Giese

It was a transformative event that shaped UW-Madison and the entire community. Now, 50 years later, people who witnessed the Dow Chemical protest are preserving their memories through an oral history project. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Mary Langenfeld

Melissa Terrill co-founded Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day to create an outlet for parents dealing with the loss of children through pregnancy, stillbirth or in early infancy. “This can be a very lonely type of loss.” more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


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

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


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


Gavin Gould

The whole sport of cyclocross is crazy — why would the bike pits be any different? more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Dylan Brogan

Andrew Handeland, while holding a meaty 8-year-old python named Godzilla, admits reptiles are an acquired taste. “The more time you spend around them, the more you realize they are just friendly little reptiles.” more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


James Gill

The first arts-related project funded by the UW2020 project, the new Electro-Acoustic Research Space at UW-Madison is an experimental playground for electronic musicians of all levels more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


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


Jenny Du Puis

Dane County’s new custom-made Bookmobile carries 4,000-plus items directly to residents. Regular patrons have come to love the visits. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


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

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


Dylan Brogan

Although Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant had stopped processing meat in June, a skeleton crew of workers remained to clean the facility and put it to bed. They clocked out with little fanfare for the last time on July 28 around 2 p.m. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Sean Kennedy

GIlligan’s Island has a little something for everyone. The Monona sandbar spot even has its own mobile popsicle vendor. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Mary Langenfeld

Madison hosted the annual, week-long tournament in early July. The best twirlers in the country traveled long and far to compete for a national title in competitive baton twirling. Meet one of the top male athletes pioneering the sport. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Allison Geyer

Activists occupied U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office for more than eight hours on July 6 as part of a nationwide protest of the GOP health care bill. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 8 Comments