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March
15

St. Patrick's Day in Madison

St Patricks Day

Home to a variety of local brew houses and Irish pubs, it's no surprise that the Madison area is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Join our real estate agents by partaking in the luck of the Irish at these lively pubs, saloons, and restaurants around Madison

  • Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl - Red Rock Saloon, 222 W. Gorham S., Madison, WI 53703
    What's St. Patrick's Day without a traditional pub crawl? Meet your friends at Red Rock Saloon to start out on Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl. Enjoy food and drink specials at five great bars, followed by a lively after-party. A $1,000 prize will be awarded for the best costume of the evening. Tickets are $15, with a $5 discount per person for groups of four or more. The crawl takes place on Saturday, March 19, from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., with the after-party scheduled for 10 p.m. - midnight.

  • Essen Haus - 514 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703
    Is St. Patrick's Day a springtime version of Oktoberfest? They'll be wearing green on March 17 at Essen Haus, a popular German restaurant that goes Irish for the day. Essen Haus will serve steins of green beer to go with a food menu of corned beef & cabbage, shepherd's pie, and other classic dishes. Irish pub band O'Darby will provide live entertainment. Festivities run from 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Mackesey's Irish Pub - 317 State St., Madison, WI 53703
    When you visit Mackesey's Irish Pub, don't be surprised if you find yourself forgetting that you're in Madison. This family-run bar, located in a vintage building, has the authentic feel of an old-school Irish pub. Order a pint of Guinness, Smithwick's, or Harp to go with your burger or "toastie" sandwich. Be sure to bring plenty of coins to feed the jukebox. Mackesey's opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sunday.

  • Erin's Snug Irish Pub - 4601 American Pkwy., Madison, WI 53718
    Historically, a "snug" was a private room for people who didn't want to be seen in a bar. But that's not the case at Erin's Snug Irish Pub, which promotes an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. Each room has a Gaelic name along with its own decor to provide a variety of experiences. In addition to traditional favorites such as bangers & mash and cottage pie, the menu adds Irish flair to some unexpected dishes. Be sure to try the shepherd's pie mac & cheese or the shalaylee, an egg roll stuffed with corned beef, cabbage, and Swiss cheese. Erin's is open daily from 11 a.m. until closing.

According to an old Irish blessing, "May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out." We can help you with the roof portion of that when you contact us at Stark to help you make a plan to find a new home in the Dane County area

February
3

5 Places Worth Exploring in Dane County This Year

Dane County

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens - 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704
    With 16 acres containing an incredible assortment of plants and flowers, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the equivalent of a visual amusement park. Global delights such as the Thai Pavilion, the only one in the continental United States, and the Bolz Conservatory, a 50-foot glass pyramid replicating the vegetation of the tropics, can instantly transport your mindset. Other specialty gardens include the Rose Garden, Sunken Garden, and Herb Garden. Grow your green thumb with classes, workshops, and lectures. Admission to the Conservatory is $6, but the outdoor gardens are free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.

  • Chazen Museum of Art - University of Wisconsin, 750 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706
    Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, just blocks away from Lake Mendota, the Chazen Museum of Art is stunning. Its two buildings hold approximately 23,000 pieces, making it the second-largest collection in the state and the largest collecting museum in the Big Ten. Cultures and periods represented include ancient Greece, 18th-century Japan, and modern Africa. The visiting exhibition, Seeing Audubon: Robert Havell, Jr., and the Birds of America, will be on display through the first quarter of 2022. Admission is free to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends.

  • Henry Vilas Zoo - 702 S. Randall Ave., Madison, WI 54715
    A trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo is a treat for "kids" of all ages. The park sits on land donated by Col. William and Anna Vilas in honor of their young son, the zoo's namesake, who died due to complications from diabetes. In an act of further generosity, they stipulated that the land be used for a park that would remain free to the public. Henry Vilas is one of only ten zoos in North America where visitors can see more than 650 animals from around the world for no admission fee. The zoo is open seven days a week from 9:30 - 5 p.m and is a delightful stop in Downtown Madison.

  • Madison Eats Food Tours - Madison, WI
    Our local culinary game is strong. Surprise your senses with Madison Eats Food Tours, which highlight Madison's longtime favorites and trendy new spots. Each tour theme focuses on a specific cuisine or neighborhood, creating an immersive experience. Current tours include Capitol Square Downtown, Atwood Brew & Chew, and Bike n' Bites. For the adventurous diner, Madison Eats also offers international culinary tours to places like Mexico and Belize. Local tours run for approximately three hours. Visit the website for schedule and prices.

  • University of Wisconsin Geology Museum - Weeks Hall, 1215 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706
    Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes delight visitors of all ages. Spend an educational day disguised as fun with your family at the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum. Exhibits featuring more than 120,000 specimens will take you back to the times when the state was variously covered with ice, water, and volcanoes. Admission is free to the public. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday.

Making the most of life in Dane County is what Stark agents love to do and what we love to share with our community. For dedicated and knowledgeable help buying or selling a home, contact us at Stark Company Realtors.

November
30

Get in the Holiday Spirit With These Madison Area Events

Madison Holiday Events

Madison is a wonderful place to enjoy the holidays. You can make a night of enjoying performances and cocktails downtown or try spending a day exploring a nearby community with fun family festivals. 

Our real estate agents share their recommendations below on some of the best ways to embrace the season. Check out these fun Madison-area events. 

  • 25th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center - 1 John Nolen Dr., Madison, WI 53703
    On December 4th, head over to the Fair Trade Holiday Festival where you'll find over 40 vendors selling all kinds of ethically sourced international products. Explore everything from holiday decor, clothing, jewelry, and accessories to chocolates, coffees, children's items, and more. This is one of the best places for you to find unique holiday gifts that you can't get at the mall or from big box stores. Even better, you'll be sure you're giving gifts you can feel good about! 
  • A Christmas Carol: Overture Center Capitol Theater - 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
    Celebrate the holidays with the Children's Theater of Madison's presentation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. This is an annual holiday tradition you won't want to miss! Shows are scheduled for December 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 23rd. 
  • A Madison Symphony Christmas: Overture Center for the Arts - 201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
    On December 3rd through the 5th, you'll have the chance to take in the beautiful sounds of the Madison Symphony. The show will feature the orchestra, three choruses, and some amazing opera stars. Be sure to arrive early because 50 minutes before each concert you'll also be able to participate in a Christmas carol sing-a-long with the Madison Symphony Chorus. This is a holiday experience unique to Madison. 
  • Run Santa Run 5k: 20 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703
    Want to enjoy a healthy holiday activity? Sign up for the Run Santa Run 5k on December 5th. You'll get to decide whether you want to run or walk as an elf, polar bear, or Santa, dress up, and have some fun soaking in all the holiday fun! After you finish your run or walk, you can also stick around for a fun post-race party. 
  • Eastside Winter Market: Garver Feed Mill - 3241 Garver Green, Madison, WI 53704
    The Eastside Winter Market is a must-do holiday event. This community-focused event will feature tons of vendors selling vintage items, art, home goods, clothing, food, and more! You can spend the day shopping for all of your holiday gifts, then stay late for live music by Solid Freex, L.E.X., and DJ Hanna and DJ Tara. There will also be a pop-up print shop where you can have your photo taken and have your holiday cards printed up for you while you shop. It doesn't get easier (or more fun) than that! Stop in on December 11th to join in on the fun. 

Is a beautiful new home on your holiday wish list? The holidays might be the perfect time of year to picture yourself moving from the life you have to the life you want. If exploring Madison homes for sale is on your winter wish list contact us today so we can chat about how we can help. Happy holidays!

December
9

Local Holiday Shopping Near Dane County

Local Holiday Shopping

Whether you're browsing Madison homes for sale, or looking to score some unique finds for VIPs on your holiday shopping list, our real estate agents have a helpful suggestion or two.

Visit home-grown brands around Dane County, and you'll get to support small businesses while snagging gifts you can't find anywhere else. It's worth the adventure, you may find a new favorite place and you'll knock those hard-to-shop-for relatives off your list.

Stop by these local businesses to discover gifts that will delight your friends & families and give them a piece of our beloved Dane County community:

  • Madison Chocolate Co. – 729 Glenway St., Madison, WI 53711
    Madison Chocolate Co. has an array of delectable delicacies. You can even order with local delivery. Most visitors start with the dedicated gluten-free cafe, featuring scones, apple cider donuts, and pain au chocolat. Gift boxes at the in-house chocolatier include the mixed truffle and caramel box. Make time to savor the Weekend Waffles brunch offerings, too!

  • Tradition Market – 1821 Parmenter St., Middleton, WI 53562
    Tradition Market is divided into two showrooms for women's and children's attire, connected by an inside walkway. Gift cards are available for all your last-minute shopping needs but don't pass up the chance to explore the selection in person. Private appointments are available, and if you don't have time to make the trip, you can even set up a virtual viewing time using Zoom or FaceTime.

  • National Mustard Museum – 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI 53562
    Established in 1986 near Middleton homes for sale, National Mustard Museum will delight you with the untold story of one of America's favorite condiments. And, of course, you can also purchase a gift box of gourmet mustards with hand-picked treats from all over the United States.

  • Wisconsin Candle Company – 119 W. Main St., Waunakee, WI 53597
    Wisconsin Candle Company showcases handcrafted candles especially suited to the needs of people with asthma and scent sensitivities. All products are made from 100% soy wax with no additives, and the fragrance oils are 100% free of parabens and phthalates. If you've been browsing Waunakee homes for sale, you might recognize the theme of these inspired assortments, like "Life on the Lakes" or "Hygge Home," then get free shipping on any order over $75!

  • Rust & Lace Collectibles and AntiquesVarious Locations
    Rust & Lace Collectibles and Antiques is the kind of quaint local store you'll want to go back to again and again because there's always something new. A regular attendee of local events like the Vendor Night Market and the Fall Village Market, Rust & Lace offers housewares, antiques, collectibles, clothing, art, and all sorts of fascinating treasures that defy description. 

Contact Stark Company Realtors to find out more about real estate in Dane County.

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