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Conservatory, it’s a wonderful post-meet-
ing or post-dinner stroll.”
Jorenby added that for a separate cost,
group tours can be arranged in advance
during the warm-weather season, and
groups might also sign up for an education-
al class if it coincides with the event.
The Orpheum Theater
When the circa-1926 Orpheum Theater
opened it featured Vaudeville shows and
movies. Today, it showcases live concerts
and national touring comedy acts, and
accommodates private events.
“The Art Deco exterior and extravagant
French Renaissance interior make the
Orpheum Theater an icon in Madison’s
downtown area, gaining it entry on the
National Register of Historic Places,” said
Deirdre McCready, the venue’s senior vice
president of sales and special events.
Corporate events, meetings, product
launches and cocktail receptions for anywhere from 50 to 1,700 people are regularly
“An event can absolutely coincide with a
group tour, whether it be for a private event
or for a public event to be used as a fund-
raiser,” McCready added. “We have access
to all of the hottest touring acts and love
to assist in making an event to remember.
Other fun, interactive event ideas that we
can host are casino nights, murder mystery
dinners and more.”
The Orpheum partners with several local
caterers that will work on the perfect menu
for each group.
Lussier Family Heritage Center
The Lussier Family Heritage Center, located
less than 15 minutes from downtown’s Wisconsin State Capitol Square, is surrounded
by acres of prairies, meadows and wetlands.
“This view, from the deck of the main
level, is part of what makes our location
so popular for corporate ‘getaway’ meet-
ings, workshops and retreats,” said Linda
Mittnacht, the venue’s director. “The rustic
facility, with cedar and stone decor, creates
a warm atmosphere with all the amenities
required for a successful event.”
The facility’s main level accommodates
groups as large as 150 people, while its
lower level can host smaller functions of up
to about 60 people.
“The lobby on the main level welcomes
guests with a large stone fireplace and
plenty of room for a registration area and
for serving food and beverage during the
event,” Mittnacht said.
The main level also has a newly installed
audiovisual system, and wireless Internet
is available throughout the facility at no
“The lower level meeting space has a walk
out to a covered patio with picnic tables
and easy access to trails leading through
the prairie,” Mittnacht added. “Our on-site
naturalist is available to lead walks or talks
for attendees related to the grounds and
historic areas surrounding the center.”
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