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LET'S GET CULTURED AT MADISON OPERA'S "OPERA IN THE PARK"

Opera in the Park, Madison Opera's gift to the community, is a night like no other. The stars appear in the sky over Garner Park, the light sticks glow in the audience, and singers from our upcoming season take the stage to share their favorite arias and ensembles from opera and Broadway. This free concert is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

THE SETTING - This event provides an oportunity to enjoy beautiful music and your FABULOUS Friends in an open air amphitheater environment. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed. Garner Park opens at 7 AM on the day of the concert, and blankets, chairs, food and beverages are allowed. For more information, visit madisonopera.org (http://www.madisonopera.org/performances/park2010/).

The event starts at 8:00. Let's meet at 6:30 for a pre-event picnic, followed by a wonderful free concert under the stars! Prepare to have to park some distance from the event in the neighborhood surrounding Garner Park, especially if you are a late arrival, so car-pooling is recommended.

Free parking is located opposite Mineral Point Road in University Research Park, as well as off S. Rosa Road at CUNA Mutual Group. Handicap drop-off is located at the park pathway off of S. Rosa Road.

I will be getting there early in the morning and saving space for our group. I will aim to be near the center, about the middle of the hill. Will update if the spot changes, so watch for more information on the event day. I will have a cooler on site, and will provde a fresh fruit salad, cheese, and crackers for our group. Bring your own main dish and someting to share if you wish. You can bring wine and other beverages. Camp / lawn chairs and blankets are permitted, and don't forget the bug spray!

HERE'S AN UPDATE ON OUR LOCATION. WE ARE JUST TO THE RIGHT OF CENTER AS YOU FACE THE STAGE, ABOUT 1/3 OF THE WAY UP THE HILL FROM THE SIDEWALK. SEE THE PICTURES BELOW.

The first picture is a view of our site looking up the hill from the sidewalk. We have two good sized blue tarps holding our space.

The second picture is a view of the stage from our site.