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Archive for June, 2011

Parade of the Species: June 25, 5:30 at Olbrich Park

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 20, 2011

Residents of Madison’s East Side are making new traditions–memories we’ll be meeting and reminiscing about in decades to come. Kind of fun to think about, isn’t it!

If you haven’t seen the “Parade of Species,” you owe it to yourself to come down and share some goofy, heartfelt joy.

The photos below are from 2010’s parade, the first I attended. You can bet I’ll be back next Saturday. Now, what to wear….

-Sarah White

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Boombox the Wasteland!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 11, 2011

Photo from facebook page "Boombox-The-Wasteland"

June 5th saw the empty acres at Union Corners come alive with “Boombox the Wasteland,” a neighborhood party that grew from local music producer/WORT volunteer Wendy Schneider’s simple idea that Eastsiders shouldn’t wait development of the lot before making use of it.

WORT broadcast a soundtrack geared to the afternoon’s entertainment, including New Orleans-style marching music, beats for the breakdancers, and accompaniment for performances by members of the Natyarpana Dance Troupe and others. Information about the East Side History Club was available at the table of the Isthmus Neighborhood Planning Council. Hundreds of people stopped by the event, leaving suggestions for development of the site before moving on to feast on ice cream, lemonade, and picnic fare while enjoying the sights and sounds.

See comments, photos, movies–here!

-Sarah White


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“Raise the Curtain” campaign a worthy cause for fans of East Side History

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 6, 2011

At our May meeting on East High Athletics in the 1960s, “Biz” Johnson gave attendees an update on the “Raise the Curtain” campaign to renovate the Madison East High school theater. Volunteers are helping East High School to raise $3.5 million to restore and renovate the theater by 2012, the 90th anniversary of the school.

The original theater, designed by Frank Riley to be consistent with the dignity of the façade, was a handsome and inspiring gathering place for Madison’s east side. Not just a place for students, it has welcomed the community to musical and dramatic performances, award ceremonies, and gatherings like the East Side History Club’s May programs in 2010 and 2011.

Renovations over the decades reduced the theater’s size to provide more classrooms, and updated the furnishings to school-style desk-seats–with unfortunate consequences for the comfort of event-goers. Anyone who has attended a performance in the theater in recent years knows that the Raise the Curtain Campaign seeks to fill an undeniable need. Visit the campaign website to see an inspiring video about the theater and plans for its renovation.

To make your donation or discuss a planned gift, visit the website or contact campaign organizers at info@easthightheater.org.


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