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March Events in Madison

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:19:00 -0600

March 5 Travel Adventure Film Series – “How to Travel the World for Free” If you thought it was impossible to travel for free, comedian, Michael Wigge, is ready to prove you wrong. Watch his hilarious exploits at the Wisconsin Union Theater to find out how he ate, slept, and traveled to Antarctica without spending a dime of his own money. Admission is $13 for the general public, with discounts available for students. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with an optional buffet ($18) featuring dishes from Wigge’s travels beforehand. For more information, visit   March 6, 13, 20, 27 March Live Acoustic Get your live music fix every Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel’s Twist restaurant. Between 5 and 7 p.m., local musicians perform for free, while you enjoy half-price appetizers during happy hour. For the specials and the performer lineup, check out   March 7 RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles Can you believe it’s been 50 years since The Beatles released their Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album? Experience the music live with through a “psychedelic multimedia” performance by RAIN at the Overture Center for the Arts. Tickets range in price from $35 to $75 and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. If you have young children, be sure to book a babysitter; children under six will not be admitted. For complete information, head to   March 9, 10, 23 and 24 Madison Capitols Hockey Time is running out to catch the Capitols at Bob Suter’s Capital Ice Arena (the last home game is mid-April). So, you’ll want to book tickets now for the home games versus the Fargo Force on the 9th or 10th – or versus the Muskegon Lumberjacks on the 23rd or 24th. Tickets begin at $9 (advance sales), and there are all you can eat and drink ticket options for under $28. Make it a night to remember; get your tickets now from   March 9 through 11 Canoecopia and Midwest Bicycle Show & Sale The world’s largest paddlesports consumer exhibition takes place right here in Madison and this year’s event at the Alliant Energy Center features more than 180 seminars and clinics, so you can learn how to take your adventures to the next level. Hours vary over the three days, and a single entrance costs $15 for anyone over 17 years old; a weekend pass costs $25. For opening times and complete information, check While you’re at it, you won’t want to miss the Midwest Bicycle Show & Sale at the same venue. Admission is free (though you will need to pay for parking) and it’s the best place to score a deal on the latest models. All bikes purchased at the event come with a lifetime warranty and up to two free tune-ups. A list of vendors and more can be found at   March 10 Shh We Have a Plan The world is a magical place through the eyes of children, and you’ll certainly spark their imagination with a trip to the Overture Center to catch the non-verbal performance of the storybook, “Shh We Have a Plan” at one of two performances (1 or 3 p.m.). Don’t worry The lack of dialogue won’t bore anyone; this show is filled with music, magic and puppetry.  Tickets are $26, but you can buy $2 lap seats for children aged two and under. Want to know more? Check for details. MishMash Show Good old-fashioned circus arts are still studied in Madison. Students at the Madison Circus Space perfect their skills on the trapeze, alongside aerial silks and juggling. And, now’s your chance to see what local talent can do. The MishMash Show features circus performances alongside comedy and live music all for a suggested donation of $5 at the door. This variety show is part of the fundraising activities as the host organization works to build a new home. Whether you want to know more about the show, the fundraiser, or the circus arts, you’ll find complete information at   March 10 through 25 Olbrich's Spring Flower Sh[...]

15 Questions to Ask Before Moving into Your New Home

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:47:00 -0600

A house is a complicated organism. Although you may have owned a home before, bear in mind that every house is different. Every house is unique and every house has its “quirks”. For first-time home buyers especially, there is a lot to know about your new home. That’s why we recommend that all our buyers attend their home inspection (using a WI registered home inspector) as an opportunity to learn as much as they can about their new-home-to-be. In addition to attending your inspection, it’s vital you study your inspection report and understand any recommendations your inspector makes regarding needed maintenance of your new home. You’ll want to make sure you also get answers to the following questions before you move into your new home: How many garage door remote controls are there? Are there any extra house keys? Are there any missing keys to doors that lock? Does anyone else have keys to the house? What is the code to enable/disable the security system? Does anyone else have the codes? Does anyone else have the garage door code? How do I access the furnace filter to change it? Where is the electrical panel (breaker box) located? From which room/closet is the attic accessed? Any special instructions for the thermostat? Is there a delivery service in place for water softener pellets? What day is the trash receptacle picked up? Recycling? Who do I contact at my HOA if there’s a problem? What is the estimated response time? Which company is providing the home warranty? How do I make a home warranty claim? At Lake & City Homes Realty, your Realtor will contact a variety of sources to get you answers to these and any other important questions you have about your new home so that you can experience a smooth and enjoyable transition. Start the search for your new home now or use the form below to tell us what you're looking for  

The FSBO Fallacy: Why Selling Your Own Home Won’t Save On Commissions

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:41:05 -0600

Although some people are very successful at selling their own home, the process can be a literal minefield. Not only can it be very time-consuming, there are many mistakes unrepresented sellers (FSBO’s) can make, some of which can cost more than the commission FSBO’s may think they’re saving by not listing with a Realtor. A recent study by Collateral Analytics (CA) shows that unrepresented sellers not only do not save money on commissions, in some cases they may actually net substantially less than what they would have had they listed with a full service, licensed real estate agent. In the study, CA analyzed home sales statistics in a variety of U.S. real estate markets in both 2016 and in the first half of 2017. The data revealed several key findings: “FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” Why would a FSBO net less money than if they used a Realtor? The CA study suggests that there are several possible explanations: Bargain Hunters: FSBO listings might be attracting more strategic buyers or “bargain hunters” than MLS listings do. The idea is that prospective buyers may be rationalizing their lower-priced bids on FSBOs on the basis that FSBO sellers are “saving” roughly 6 on real estate commissions. If bargain hunters are routinely searching for and targeting unrepresented sellers, this could explain why FSBOs systematically garner lower bids on their homes, thus causing FSBOs to net lower sales prices. Mediocre Staging: Unlike FSBO sellers, experienced agents understand what it takes to make a listing shine online and in person. A full service Realtor knows that, often, this look can only achieved with the assistance of a professional stager. A seller who lists their home with a Realtor may net more money for their home as a result of the extensive preparation and professional staging their home may undergo prior to listing. Inadequate Exposure: When a FSBO is listed for sale, the ability of the seller to comprehensively market that property both on- and offline may be seriously limited for a variety of reasons: a FSBO may lack time, marketing expertise, access to distribution channels, and more. Most FSBOs do not even ask for showing feedback so they're not in a good position to adjust to market input.  On the other hand, properties listed with a real estate broker who is a member of the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) are often better prepared to meet buyers' expectations and are simultaneously syndicated online to all MLS participating members’ websites, thus marketing the home to the largest possible buyer population. And those MLS member listings generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing agents to show and sell the property, thus potentially enlarging the buyer pool. If more traffic can be generated for a given home, there is a greater likelihood that the property will garner multiple bids, increasing the chance of driving up the final sales price. Three Key Conclusions There were three key conclusions generated from the CA study: FSBOs achieve significantly lower sales prices than similar properties sold by licensed Realtors utilzing the MLS. FSBOs tend to net sales prices that are, on average, 5.5 less compared to similar properties marketed on the MLS. 2017 sales suggested the average sales price of a FSBO was close to 6 lower than the sales price of similar MLS-listed properties. Conclusion If you’re thinking of selling your home on your own to save on commissions, it may end up costing you more money than you would have saved had you listed with a real estate agent.  Thinking of selling your home? Read about the many seller services we have to offer and contact us using the form below. We'll get your home sold FAST for top dollar.

Selling your luxury home in Madison

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:06:00 -0600

Last night I read an interview with a luxury home sales agent in Southern California. The part of the piece that really jumped out at me was when the agent told the interviewer about how she marketed a particular luxury home by placing an ad in an in-flight magazine, “. . . which I paid for myself . . .” Now, why would that line in particular catch my attention? Because I was appalled. Who else did she expect to pay for it? She was hired to market a home and, especially since it’s a luxury home, she’ll be paid a hefty sum for doing so. Unfortunately, this is how some real estate agents think. If they even have a marketing budget, they’ll cut corners in it wherever and whenever they can. They may even expect you, the homeowner, to pick up the tab for some of the marketing costs. Homeowner Beware Luxury homeowners should know that the sales process for high-end homes is quite different than that for other homes. The first difference is in how an agent will determine an accurate listing price for the home. Home prices are based largely on the sales prices of comparable homes that have recently sold. Therefore, finding the value of a tract home is easy – there are lots of comparable homes. Finding the value for a luxury home, which by its very definition is unique, is challenging. These homes require far more market research in order to come up with an accurate list price. It’s not a job for the uninitiated in luxury home sales The next difference is in how the home is marketed. An MLS listing and a sign in the front yard won’t cut it. The agent needs a network of affluent contacts, a tried-and-true luxury home marketing plan and, most importantly, a robust marketing budget. It is impossible to market high-end homes on a shoestring Most important, the luxury home agent should never, ever have the attitude that he or she isn’t responsible for paying for ALL aspects of a home’s marketing – out of his or her marketing budget. Interview the Agent When deciding who will represent you in the sale of your home, due diligence in hiring is critical. Ask the tough questions: How many luxury homes have you listed in the past year? What is your list-to-sales price ratio for these homes? How did you market the homes? How much will you spend marketing my home? May I see some examples of how you’ve marketed other luxury homes? Never choose an agent that lacks either experience or a budget. Carefully scrutinize the agent’s past marketing efforts. Believe it or not, there are many who try to pass themselves off as ace marketers, yet snap photos of the home on their smart phones. I see this every day in the MLS. Pass on the agent who can’t afford or refuses to pay for an architectural photographer Are the agent’s remarks in the MLS compelling or does he or she regurgitate information that can be found elsewhere in the MLS listing? Where does the agent place the marketing for his or her high-end listings? Luxury home marketing efforts must be focused and targeted and show up in publications that attract the affluent. When you decide to sell your luxury home in Madison, take your time during the hiring process to ensure you choose the agent who can best market the home.

February Events in Madison

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:10:00 -0600

    February 2 Dublin Irish Dance – “Stepping Out” You gotta love the fancy footwork of Irish dance and few do it better than Dublin Irish Dance.  "Stepping Out" takes you on a journey through pre-famine Ireland, “through the Great Hunger and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to arrive at Ellis Island.” The show starts at 8 p.m. at Wisconsin Union Theater. Get details and ticket information online at   February 2 through February 4 Frozen Assets Festival It’s the fourth annual outdoor winter festival on Lake Mendota You’re invited to participate in a weekend-long party, including sleigh rides, ice skating, pond hockey and more. Get the details online at   February 2, 3, 7, 18 and 21 Madison Capitols Hockey Enjoy exciting hockey action by attending a Capitols home game. The Capitols take on Team USA on February 2 and 3 and then they face Dubuque on the 7th.  They take on Cedar Rapids on the 18th and then Sioux City on the 21st. Buy tickets online at   February 3 and 4 2018 Madison Winter Festival Ok, so pretty much the rest of the country thinks we’re crazy for celebrating winter – but we love it. And the Madison Winter Festival is your chance to enjoy activities for the whole family. That includes the dog There will be a free kids fun run, a snowshoe run, a free learn-to-ski clinic and more. Also, the national snow sculpting champions will be there to show off how they do it. Get all the details online at   February 8 GOBSMACKED The Amazing A Cappella And Beatboxing Show They sold out in Hong Kong, London and Edinburgh and now they take on Madison The a cappella hit stretches the “limits of the human voice,” in ways you must hear to appreciate. Get all the details online at   February 9 Warner Family Fun Night This month’s Warner Family Fun Night happens on February 9 and offers bouncy houses, sports, games, fitness classes for the family, movies, art and potter projects a game room and child care room. Held at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per family. Get the details online at   February 9 through 11 25th Annual Wisconsin Garden Expo If that green thumb of yours is suffering from cabin fever, head to Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo at Alliant Energy Center. Learn the latest gardening trends (how to grow an edible garden is one topic). You can also purchase tools, seeds and fresh produce from the farmers market on Sunday. Get the details online at   February 9 through February 19 Food Fight Foodie Week It’s Madison Hotel Week and you’re invited to choose from among the 17 Food Fight restaurants that will be offering special 3-course menus. Priced from $15 to $35, here’s your chance to hit out that one eatery you’ve been meaning to try. See the list of restaurants online at   February 10 Valentine's 5K The Valentine’s 5K race begins and ends at the UW-Natatorium. So, even if you won’t be running, be there to cheer others on or congratulate them at the finish line. Learn more at   Bounce Billed as “Madison’s Hottest 21 and Up Event,” Bounce invites you to channel the kid in you. Enjoy games, giant inflatables, music and a cash bar. It happens from 7p.m. until 11 p.m. at Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall. Buy your tickets online at   February 11 Kids’ Art Adventures: Big The Kids’ Art Adventures program at MMoCA brings families together to create art. Perfect for kids between the ages of 6 and 10 (and their parent or guardian). Today (from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.), they can enjoy “Big,” an exhibition that allows them to experience scale, both large and sma[...]

How long does it take to sell a home in Madison?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:07:00 -0600

Homes in Madison spend an average of 30 days on the market, according to the latest statistics. It is, by the way, the least amount of time homes have spent on the market in our MLS’ history. Well-maintained, staged homes, in desirable areas, can sell within weeks, sometimes quicker. Luxury homes naturally take longer. Let’s take a look at the answers to the most common question I receive from my home selling clients The local economy' impact on home sales Real estate is sensitive to the economic cycle and, when the economy slows down, so does the real estate market. Remember, real estate is local, so not only is it affected by the national economy (food prices, etc.) but on local economic factors as well. When an area sheds jobs, for instance, people lose confidence in their future income prospects and don’t tend to buy homes. The converse is true as well, so here’s hoping you’ll sell your home during a hot jobs market – it will sell quickly. Local and national legislative actions In 2009, President George W. Bush signed legislation allowing for a first-time homebuyer tax credit. This, in turn, caused a surge in home sales and, eventually, it helped an estimated almost 2 million Americans buy homes. The tax credit helped create a sellers’ market in many regions across the country And, as is the case today, home values rose and homes sold quickly. The home’s location impacts how long a home takes to sell Every town has its preferred neighborhoods. Whether it’s because home to a popular park, within walking distance to good schools or allow for a snappy commute, homes in these areas attract more buyers and, thus sell faster than homes in less desirable areas. In the current market, if the area is popular enough, and your home is in good condition and priced right, it may go under contract within hours of being listed. Price The amount of time a home takes to sell is affected by supply and demand. When there are fewer homes for sale and lots of buyers in the market, home prices tend to rise. That doesn’t mean, however, that the sky is the limit when it comes to setting an appropriate listing price for your home. Market value is what it is and all the hoping in the world won’t change it. Price your home appropriately for the current market and it will sell quicker than if you overprice it. The home’s condition We’ve mentioned “condition” several times now. That’s because a home’s condition is a key determinant of how long it will spend on the market before selling. Homes in good condition sell quicker than those that need work. Now, we aren’t referring to major renovations, but homes that have been maintained over the period of ownership, show pride of ownership and are move-in ready. Staged homes also sell quicker, by the way.  The current state of the local real estate market In a sellers’ market – when there are few homes for sale but lots of buyers in the market – homes tend to sell quickly. In a buyers’ market, when there are few buyers but a large supply of homes for sale, homes sit on the market longer. If you list your Madison home for sale now, you can expect it to sell quite quickly.   Your real estate agent The primary job of a listing agent is to market the home for sale. Not every agent has the experience, the knowledge or the money to market listings yet, sadly, they pursue them anyway. Ensure that the agent you choose has verifiable marketing experience and the money to back up a robust and multi-pronged marketing plan. What happens during the contract period Inspections, and the ensuing negotiations over them, loan approval, the buyer’s sale of her current home, appraisal problems and title search problems are just a few of the issues that may slow down the sale of your home. Some of these can be avoided and an experienced l[...]

Expectation vs. Realty – Those “must-have” features you want in a Madison home

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:54:00 -0600

At Lake & City Homes we absolutely believe that homebuyers should create a list of the key features they want in a home. It not only helps them remain focused, but it helps us, as their agents, narrow down the choices of homes to tour. The problem with the wish list is that too many buyers use it as a recipe for their perfect home – assuming that there is a home out there with all of the ingredients necessary. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, with the depleted inventory of Madison homes we are currently experiencing (and have for the past seven years), our best advice to home shoppers is to replace your middle name with the word “compromise.” In-demand Madison home features The most popular features among the available homes for sale in Madison include the following: Single-level homes – These include ranch-style homes and condos (we call it "single level living") and they’re especially popular among prospective buyers who hope to age in place. Homes with more than one bathroom – Madison’s older homes, of which there are many, are popular for a number of reasons. But, if you require more than one bathroom in a home, you will be lucky to find one in our vintage housing stock. As your agents, however, we can help you look for older homes that offer the opportunity to add a second bath. We can spot such opportunities a mile away because it's a feature we're so frequently asked about. Formal dining rooms – These too are rare in Madison’s older housing stock and if a home does offer one, the price goes up significantly – even if the home is considered a fixer-upper. Family rooms on the main floor – This feature, although in high demand, is extremely hard to find in Madison. Typically found mainly in remodeled older homes or new construction homes. Add a vaulted ceiling or "great room" to the mix and you're almost always talking about a new construction home with one caveat: if it is a raised ranch or bi-level (typically built in the late 80's and early '90's), you will often see a sunroom addition that includes a vaulted ceiling located just off the kitchen. Finished basements – Older homes were built with basements meant to house the home’s major mechanicals. They therefore typically lack drain tile and a sump pump, which is scary considering that Madison’s East Side was once a swamp. While it’s rare to get a basement that’s reliably dry enough to finish, it is possible to waterproof a wet or damp basement. We’ve seen most every kind of basement water problem so it depends on the house and the nature of the problem as far as what the appropriate solution is. Generally speaking, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Garages - Many older homes in Madison do not have garages. Those that do typically have either a very small garage or one that is in pretty rough shape. There are lots of exceptions and those are the ones we keep our eyes peeled for to help our valued clients land the best properties that tick the most boxes off their wish list. In addition to specific home features, many homebuyers insist on all of the above as well as “oh, it must be in these areas of Madison:” A walkable neighborhood – These are typically located on the near East and near West sides of Madison, the City of Middleton and Middleton Hills. In addition there are some neighborhoods located in "sweet spots" such as downtown Verona, Fitchburg, and Sun Prairie where you can walk to a variety of shops, restaurants, schools, and entertainment. A specific school district – Buyers with kids want to purchase a home near the most in-demand schools. You will greatly cut your chances of finding a suitable home if you are insistent on purchasing a very specific type of home in a very specific type of neighborhood – at least in Madison. So, let’s[...]

7 Reasons Why it’s STILL a Seller’s Market

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:10:00 -0600

  A seller’s market is when there is less than six months of inventory on the market. In the Madison area we have been facing a severe shortage of inventory for the last seven () years. What are the reasons for these market conditions and why are they persisting? Perhaps more importantly, what can a good real estate agent do to increase your chances of landing a great property in a multiple bidding situation. The first reason we’re in a seller’s market is obvious: there is precious little inventory for sale. The question on everybody’s mind however, is why? Why is there so little inventory? What are the forces that have caused inventory to dry up to levels not seen in more than a decade? Why is it becoming more and more difficult for buyers snag a home? Has the market changed forever or is there light at the end of the tunnel? If so, when? 7 Reasons that Favor Sellers 1.) Distressed property (short sales & foreclosures) is not a good source of inventory for the average buyer. The average homebuyer is unable to compete with cash buyers, flippers and investors when it comes to properties requiring a major cash infusion. With this segment of the market more or less cornered, that leaves average homebuyers competing for the same non-distressed inventory when searching for homes. 2.) Banks aren't sitting on as much "shadow inventory" as they once were. Shadow inventory is the supply of homes that banks intend to foreclose on (or are deliberating keeping off the market to constrain supply and increase demand). Over the years this source of inventory has dried up for the most part as the recovery from the 2008 mortgage meltdown is increasingly in the rear view mirror. 3.) You may have heard that new construction is way up, however it's up from historic lows so inventory is still pretty constrained. In addition, the cost of building a new home has risen, and builder have raised home prices to compensate. First-time homebuyers, and others on tight budgets are less likely to be able to afford a new construction home. That causes more competition in the secondary market, especially among first-time homebuyers, thus driving up prices and lowering affordability. 4.) A lot of the new construction we’re seeing is high-end or luxury apartments—thus causing rents to increase and pushing renters into the real estate market in an attempt to control their housing costs. Even if those renters wind up not buying, the extra foot traffic causes real--or perceived--buyer demand to increase and, in turn, can cause prices to rise. 5.) During the Great Recession many people lost their jobs which prompted them to move in with family members to lower their living expenses. As people moved into new jobs rather than moving out, they used the savings to fix up those homes. Some owners now find they like their homes better and don't necessarily want to move or can't afford to move up the property ladder.  6.) And then there's this: since there’s no inventory, if I sell now what can I expect to buy? Is there anything out there that will appeal to me and if so, will I be able to purchase it? This causes inertia in the marketplace, resulting in fewer homes going on the secondary market. 7.) If you are among the 30 of Wisconsin residents who itemize their property taxes for federal tax purposes, and you plan on buying an expensive home, you may be concerned that you can only deduct property taxes up to $10,000. Keep in mind, however, that the average property tax in Wisconsin is $3,196 and that the highest average for Madison is $4,871. You would need to buy a VERY expensive home to hit the cap. 8) And, finally, this: What if interest rates rise before I can buy? I could be trading out of a low-interest rate loan into a higher interest rate loan.  Cash is Still King [...]

January Events in Madison

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:35:00 -0600

January 2 through January 7 RENT It’s the 20th anniversary tour of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical and it’s heading for the Overture Center’s stage. If you haven’t seen it yet, this event is a must-attend. Get the details and buy tickets online at   January 5, 2018 to January 7, 2018 Madison Home Expo If 2018 is the year you plan on sprucing up the old homestead, get to the Madison Home Expo for ideas, advice and inspiration. Enjoy roofing, home security, flooring, insulation, landscaping tips and bathroom and kitchen remodeling topics. It’s happening at the Monona Terrace Convention Center - Exhibition Hall and Ballroom. Admission for adults is $5 and kids under 18 get in free. Check for times.   January 12 Warner Family Fun Night This month’s Warner Family Fun Night happens on January 12 and offers bouncy houses, sports, games, fitness classes for the family, movies, art and potter projects a game room and child care room. Held at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per family. Get the details online at   January 12, 13, 26, 27 UW Men’s Hockey It’s Badger hockey Get out to a home game and cheer them on. Get ticket information online at   January 12, 13, 18, 26, 27 Madison Capitols Hockey Enjoy even more hockey action by attending a Capitols home game. See the schedule and buy tickets online at   January 13 Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap Get bargains on all your bike accessories at the one-day Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap, at Alliant Energy Center. If you get there early (at 8:30 a.m.) you’ll pay $15 for admission. Wait until 9 a.m. and pay only $5 and after 11 a.m. you get in free. Kids younger than 13 get in free all day. Learn more online, here.     January 13, 14, 27, 28 UW Women’s Hockey Cheer on the UW women at a home game:          January 13 and 14: The women take on Minnesota State. Sunday is kids’ day.          January 27 and 28: Badgers vs. St. Cloud State Learn more online at   January 14 Criss Angel Raw – The Mindfreak Uplugged If you miss him on your last visit to Vegas, have no fear. Criss Angel brings his mentalism, street magic and his most popular illusions to the Overture Center stage. Head to to buy tickets before they sell out.   January 19 through January 21 Madison Symphony Orchestra – Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky Named by Newsweek as “the outstanding American violinist of his generation,” Violinist Gil Shaham makes his Madison debut. Performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, it’s a must-attend event. Get your tickets online at 2018 Mad City Pond Hockey Championships Esser Pond in Middleton is the site of this year’s Mad City Pond Hockey Championships. Get rain dates and additional details online, here.   January 20 Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2018 What a way to warm up winter Alliant Energy Center will be the site of brews and cheese for you to sample. The premiere tickets are sold out but general admission tickets will get you some goodies as well. Check out the details online at   January 21 through January 26 Madison Magazine Restaurant Week Madison’s winter Restaurant Week event promises to be a stunner. A three course meal starting at $25 is still on the agenda and some restaurants are offering a reduced menu option for a $15 lunch. New this year: some are also offering $30 and $35 dinner options. Reservations at your restaurants of choice are recommended. To learn more, visit Madison Magazine online.   January[...]

Happy 2018

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:58:00 -0600

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