Madison delights and surprises

Lysa Allman-Badwin | 7/18/2013, 3:10 p.m. | Updated on 7/18/2013, 3:10 p.m.
I hope you are enjoying this travel series on Madison, Wis. So far, we’ve delved into the city’s early history, ...

The setting is the first thing to capture your attention; it’s set on 110 hilly acres of woods and meadows, where patrons come throughout June to October to embark upon what the organization calls a “cultural picnicking tailgate” with a warm and welcoming camaraderie and baskets packed full of food and adult beverages. This really set the stage for our visit here.

The unique aspect of the theater season here is that they present eight plays in rotating repertory, very unlike most other companies that present only one at a time, giving theater-enthusiasts numerous opportunities to enjoy a variety of wonderful performances each year. Performances take place in their intimate 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre, as well as in their flagship, 1,148-seat outdoor amphitheater set in the hillside, where every seat offers great views of the stage and nature surrounding it.

We’ve got one more foray through Madison, were we’ll check out a couple more Frank Lloyd Wright structures, bike about town, visit the state capitol and enjoy a few surprises in between!

Reference List:

American Players Theatre


Arcadia Books


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin

877.588-7900, 608.588.7900,

Spring Green Chamber of Commerce


The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau


The House on the Rock

800.822.7774, 608.588.7000,

Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for and as a senior travel writer for, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at