Monday, July 19, 2010 myBiz Blog
mySummer Experience on Campus Post #5 - State Capitol, Farmer's Market Saturdays, Concerts on the Square by Katie Coon

See what UW-Madison has to offer during the summer from a current business student’s point of view in our “mySummer Experience on Campus” series.  Check back each week as Hans recounts his summer experience. This week's post: the best of Madison.

Between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota lies one of the largest landmarks in downtown Madison; the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Housing both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Office of the Governor, the capitol stands as the tallest building in Madison and the hub of many downtown activities.

The capitol building is a tourist attraction in itself for residents and visitors in Madison.  Just three feet shorter than the nation’s capitol, its granite dome and “Wisconsin” statue are readily visible across the Madison skyline. While the exterior granite and ornate architecture are beautiful, the inside’s long corridors, intricate murals and varied stonework stand as points of intrigue in this unique space. Catering to great public fascination and interest in our capitol building, free public tours are regularly available on weekdays and weekends to all those interested. Information on this can be found at: http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/wisconsin_state_capitol_tour.html.

While many are drawn to the capitol at varied times throughout each week, crowds swarm the capitol square on Saturday mornings during the spring, summer and fall to enjoy the Madison Farmer’s Market. Publicized as, “the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country,” this weekly event attracts a loyal following amongst families, college students, and visitors. Offering a wide variety of produce, meats, cheeses, flowers and baked goods, these local vendors offer consumers high-quality products, personal connections, and knowledgeable sales associates. Information on this popular event is available at: http://www.dcfm.org/.

The Wisconsin state capitol and weekly farmer’s market are true delights in Madison, but my favorite summer event on the capital square remains the summer concert series Concerts on the Square. Every Wednesday throughout the summer, hundreds convene on the lawn surrounding the capitol to enjoy a weekly musical offering. A wide variety of entertainment is offered throughout the summer, as guests enjoy food offerings from many local vendors or one of the many restaurants lining the capitol square. Even if the music offering isn’t to your general liking, nothing beats a beautiful summer evening with great food and the company of friends. For more information, visit: http://www.wcoconcerts.org/new/cos/concertsonthesquare.php.

Know of any intriguing points of interest or amazing facts about the capitol building? Found something incredibly unique at the farmer’s market, or any food that one should make sure to pick up? Have a favorite memory from Concerts on the Square? What is your favorite event held in the capitol area? Let me know - I’d love to hear from you!

Hans is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison double majoring in International Business and Spanish. Throughout the summer, Hans plans to write about his experience living, working and taking classes in Madison.