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Fall color paddle up the creek: Sat. Oct. 26 – 3 to 6pm: Postponed one day

Ten canoes (and paddles) are available… or bring your own
Meet at Olbrich launch N of Atwood, E of creek (across creek from Olbrich Gardens)

Intention: heal and honor people and place…
balancing and synergizing inner and outer, self and other, head and heart, physical and metaphysical, ego and soul, work and play, comfortable and uncomfortable, serious and silly.

Afterwards (at 6:30)…
we will explore and experience masterful weaving of art, light and gardens in Olbrich Gardens’ GLEAM exhibit.

Then (at 7:30)…
we will explore higher ways to address controversial issues like PFAs, F-35’s, climate change, etc…
around fire:
i.e. find the hidden gifts and grace disguised as pain and problems

Fall color paddles Sat. Oct 12 – POSTPONED TO Sun. OCT. 20 – 3 to 6pm (due to high water)

Ten canoes and paddles are available… or bring your own
Meet at Olbrich launch N of Atwood, E of creek (by Thai Pavillion)

This will be a win/win healing and honoring of people and place…
balancing and synergizing inner and outer, self and other, head and heart, physical and metaphysical, serious and silly…
starting by paddling up the creek (with a paddle)…
finishing by paddling out onto L Monona (waves permitting) to watch 6:07 sunset…
then to a fire circle (location TBD)…
to explore the win/win ways further.

RSVP suggested: 395-7265

Fundraiser music/dance for FSC – Oct. 5

The Black Lillies
with Special Guest Wes Urbaniak and The Mountain Folk
Saturday, October 5th
$12 advance; $15 door
Doors open at 7, music at 8 pm
The Winnebago, 2262 Winnebago Street

Proceeds from the show will be donated to Friends of Starkweather Creek

Known for their captivating blend of rock & roll and country, The Black Lillies are an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers.Their sound is built on the foundation of the familiar roots rock of some of the greatest bands of the past, but altogether fresh, modern, sharp; swirling with psychedelic overtones, torch ballad longing, and an indie rock edge.   

Wes Urbaniak and The Mountain Folk play music described as thoughtful and conscious – all mountain folk – and is everything Montana. Urbaniak is a singing, beatboxing stomper, with some mean guitar skills who is backed up by the harmonies of his band.
Get Your Tickets >>

Full moon paddle Fri. Sept. 13 6-8pm

As an alchemical catalyst for all that ails you, ‘us’ and Mother Earth (local to global)…
Friends of Starkweather Creek will host a full moon paddle Friday  Sept. 13th from 6 to 8pm…
weaving serious and silly, inner and outer, physical and metaphysical…
to co-create higher ways to heal and honor people and place…
and find the hidden gifts and grace disguised and pain and problems.
Sunset: 7:11
Moonrise: 7:26
Meet: boat launch N of Atwood, E of creek
Bring: inner/outer light (including headlamps), plus…
intentions, attention, intuition and integrity (the recipe for manifesting magic and miracles)
Receive: the love and light you give (e.g. wonder, awe, glee and gratitude)
Ten canoes are available
RSVP suggested (especially if needing experienced paddle partner or instruction)
Carl Landsness
Starkweather native, invasive and FSC Co-Chair

PS Some of us may go to Olbrich Gardens GLEAM afterwards… and/or co-create a fire circle somewhere. We’ll get a preview of GLEAM from the creek at the end of our paddle.



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Rebirth the Earth (a little): Sun. Aug. 11 3-6pm

Jeff Steele, Friends of Starkweather Creek and Community Unity Arts will host a little step to ‘rebirth the earth’
Sunday 3 to 6pm
at McCormick Park (where Commercial crosses Starkweather Creek)
mixing native plantings with community clay co-creations.
The 60 plants are surplus from Jeff’s growing for Dane County’s native plant program.
The clay is from last year’s clay stomp at AtwoodFest…  and a 1989 Soviet-American clay stomp.
With the plants…
we will be guided by Jeff’s experience as a restoration ecologist and Eken neighborhood champion.
With the clay…
we will carve one or two small mural flats (to be glazed and fired later in a kiln)…
and maybe carve a temporary piece out of a clay block (leaving to decay back into the earth)
Some of these (and potential) concepts are in this six minute video and this web page.
Jeff promises some light snacks, refreshments and fire at his nearby creekside home after.
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Wonder, awe and glee paddle: Sat. Aug. 17 10am to noon

 Join Carl Landsness and other Friends of Starkweather Creek members for a paddling tour of wonder, awe and glee on this hidden urban gem of nature that winds through Madison’s east side. Some canoes will be provided and led by experienced paddlers.  Bring your own paddle craft, if you have one.

Meeting Location: 3402 Atwood Ave., Olbrich Park creekside boat launch, at the ball diamond parking lot

This is part of a monthly collaboration with Madison Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Goodman Community Center  Madison Audubon Society … with varying outings.

See Madison Parks Bird and Nature Outings for more info.

Saturday sledding at Olbrich

The weather gods/goddesses may provide perfect sledding snow this Saturday 10am at Olbrich:
Friends of Starkweather board member and Friends of Urban Nature founder (plus exuberant birder and tuba player) Paul Noeldner will lead.
Other FSC board members (e.g. me) will be available to co-create fun…
and nurture seeds to “heal and honor people and place“.
Carl Landsness
Friends of Starkweather Co-Chair (and childhood lover of Olbrich sledding and toboggan slide).