Choose Your Own Madison Adventure

One city, so many great ways to spend a summer day. To make the most of what your community offers, take our quiz and let your personality be your guide.

 What’s your idea of a perfect date?

A) Dinner for two at L’Etoile

B) Drinks and jazz at Café Montmartre

C) Catching a show at Overture

D) Watching the game at Babe’s

What was your favorite period in school?

A) Lunch!

B) Band practice

C) Drama club after school

D) Gym class

What’s the last great book you read?

A) The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

B) Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece by Ashley Kahn

C) The Odyssey by Homer

D) The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci

What are you drinking tonight?

A) Biodynamic wine

B) A classic martini

C) Absinthe

D) An ice-cold beer

Which would you choose as your ringtone?

A) “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffett

B) “Summer Time” by Sarah Vaughan

C) “Memory” from Cats

D) “We Are the Champions” by Queen

What place must you see in your lifetime?

A) Eataly, the Slow Food market in Turin

B) Apollo Theater in New York City

C) The Globe Theatre in London

D) Lambeau Field in Green Bay

Tally up your answers. If you picked mostly ...

A: You’re an earth-friendly foodie. You’ll find what you crave at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. Held Saturdays around the Capitol Square, it’s the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country—and just the place to put your morals and appetite to good use. With seasonal fruits and veggies, organic produce, local meats and cheeses, baked goods and more, shopping sustainably never tasted so good!

B: You’re a cool scat cat. So you’re sure to jive with the Isthmus Jazz Festival. A Madison tradition twenty-one years in the making, the four-day fest celebrates a century’s worth of jazz styles, from Dixieland to swing to Latin to funk. Grab your entourage of music-loving friends and bebop down to the Memorial Union Terrace June 4–7 to groove on some of the best sights and sounds of the summer.

C: You’re a drama queen or king. Channel your flair for the theatrical into a production at American Players Theatre. Journey forty miles west of Madison to gorgeous Spring Green and claim a spot in the natural amphitheater nestled within 110 acres of woods. This classical theater company specializes in Shakespeare, but you’ll find everything from Greek dramas to British comedies in the seasonal rotation.

D: You’re a bona fide sports nut. Take a crack at a Madison Mallards baseball game. Here at the “Duck Pond” (aka Warner Park), you can order up cheese curds and a beer, kick back and watch the hard-working summer collegiate players show their stuff. Take the kids out to the ballgame, too, as Mallards games are as family friendly, affordable and fun as baseball’s ever been. That’s a home run in our book.

Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.

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