Tag Archive | kids

Iconic Madison Restaurants – Ella’s Deli


Closed January 2018

3-31-17, 5-17-17

 

I admit it, it had been years since we have been here.  You get into habits of going to the same places and sometimes forget to go to the truly unique destinations.

We heard that Ella’s Deli is for sale.  It started a ripple of panic through the city in May.  Since the early 1960’s the restaurant has only had one owner, Ella Hirschfeld. She wants to retire and looking for someone to continue the legacy, not close the restaurant. Ella’s was originally on 425 State Street, I remember it in 1984 when I was attending college downtown. This location opened in 1976 and has provided generations of fun for thousands of children, now their grandchildren.

A family-friendly restaurant, there is a carousel ride that opens as soon as the snow stops flying. In 2017 it was March 31. I stopped by there to see it, it’s spring when the carousel is open for rides!

The carousel is made by C.W. Parker, made in Leavensworth, Kansas in 1927. A real beauty! The control booth is pretty too.  Ella’s was awarded by the National Carousel Association  in 2001 for their work in restoring this beautiful piece of history.

 

Get a token inside to take a ride at the cashier station. The carousel is $1.50 per rider. If an adult is standing next to a child for safety, the adult rides for free.

The inside has so many things to look at, it’s easy to spend hours there.  Learn more about the attractions here. A panorama of the dining room from the entrance.

We took a thorough tour after having lunch and this is the result, see video. A real visual treat!

The food was delicious too, we sat by the window with a carousel view.

Some of the displays, so unique! The rest of them can be seen in the video.

There is a refrigerated case of meats and cheese that you can take home too.

Ella’s is a friendly place we are glad we were here. Even if you are just visiting here for a day, Stopping here should be on your list. You don’t have to be a kid to have fun here!

2nd Annual Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest


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Curdfest sign

Curdfest took place the same day as Ride the Drive and on our way back home and it looked like a lot of fun. It took place at the Madison Mallard’s baseball team stadium. Cheese is big business in Wisconsin and cheese curds are a favorite snack. This festival serves cheese curds from MANY businesses and you have the chance to vote for your favorite!

Cheese Curd ballot

There was quite a crowd when we arrived, we realized it would be the last time inside these gates until our first game next summer. We got in line at the Curd Girl food cart. This was the only cart we stopped at and cash was low. We made a good choice though, they were delicious!

Curdfest Curd Girlfood cart

Fried Cheese Curds at Curdfest

There was so much more to see, a petting zoo for the kids drew a crowd. The animals were so cute!

Petting Zoo Collage

 

We also had music by the Hometown Sweethearts as a great background to all the fun.

Hometown Sweethearts band at Curdfest

 

For a great time and great curds, come to Curdfest!

Curdfest at Madison Mallards in Madison

UW Family Gardening Day at Allen Centennial Gardens


Al only, I was not there.  He took all the pictures except 3. Those are from my archives.

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Allan Centennial Gardens building

2003 – Laurie Kutil

Today Al had a chance to go to their UW Family Gardening Day to learn more about gardening.  We have a small garden and are trying to keep learning more about how to have a fruitful one.  It was a beautiful day in the spring! A long time ago, the late Shelly Ryan spent some time at Allen Centennial while she earned her Master Gardener certificate.

Allen Centennial Gardens pond

2003 – Laurie Kutil

It was a great event for kids and adults alike.

Tray of plants

Kids potting a plant

Under the trellis

 Another part of the event took place at the D.C. Smith Greenhouse.

DC Smith Greenhouse

2008 – Laurie Kutil

SC Smith Greenhouse inside

Al also went to Steenbock Library where parts of the event took place.

Al and Master Gardener

 

Al had a great day, I hope to get to the gardens soon to see for myself.