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My Favorite Things: Carol Griskavich

Carol jpg headshot, croppedAs 2018 begins, we’re looking back on some of our favorite memories of the last year. From favorite programs to community events, this was a big year, with fun run-ins and meaningful moments.

Today’s memories come from Carol Griskavich, WPT’s community engagement coordinator – a brand-new position at the station this year. Read on to find out what she’ll remember the most from 2017!

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My Favorite Things: Erik Ernst

As 2017 winds to a close, we’re looking back on some of our favorite memories of the year. From favorite programs to community events, this was a big year, with fun run-ins and meaningful moments.

Today’s memories come from Erik Ernst, the promotion manager at Wisconsin Public Television. Read on to find out what he’ll remember the most from 2017!

Public Television’s Role in Inspiring Conversation

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The Science Behind 100 Years of Wisconsin Broadcasting

Four days. 285+ events. Endless fun. The Wisconsin Science Festival takes place Nov. 2-5, and Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio are once again looking forward to being a part of the event!

The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration for all ages, with engaging events such as hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights and workshops.

This year, we’re celebrating 100 Years of Wisconsin Broadcast at the Wisconsin Science Festival— and you’re invited to join us for a scientific trip down memory lane! Read on to get details on WPT and WPR’s Wisconsin Science Festival events in Madison, taking place on Friday, Nov. 3. Plus, explore this year’s festival lineup and go behind the scenes to learn how event leaders are prepping for the four-day festival.

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What We Watch: Deanna Springer, Nancy Zieman Productions

Deanna Springer is the Marketing Director at Nancy Zieman Productions, which, along with Wisconsin Public Television, presents the annual Quilt Expo in Madison. Ahead of this year’s Quilt Expo, Sept. 7-9, we caught up with Deanna to learn about her top public television picks.

What are your favorite PBS shows, and why?

We enjoy so many shows on PBS! NOVA and Nature are go-to’s for sure. When my husband Dennis has the remote, he’ll turn to This Old House, Antiques Roadshow and Around the Corner With John McGivern.

I have fond memories of Dennis and our daughter, Teri, watching The Woodright’s Shop, Sesame Street, Bob Ross and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Now, Teri is all grown up and loves all things art! She went on to a fine arts college and is now an incredible designer and artist.

Let’s face it. We’re a PBS family! Each month, when Airwaves arrives, we make plans for date nights on the couch. In August, we enjoyed watching Pepper’s Musical Revolution. Public television’s productions are truly amazing!

What are your must-watch local WPT shows?

When it comes to WPT’s local programming, in addition to Sewing With Nancy (of course!) we enjoy watching University PlaceAround the Farm Table and 30-Minute Music Hour, and all of the Wisconsin-centric specials like Tribal Histories and Wisconsin from the Air!

 What’s your favorite thing about public television, or WPT specifically?

Wisconsin Public Television’s commitment to enriching lives and supporting community – all while preserving our state’s diverse history – aligns with our personal family values. And it is richly entertaining, too. What more could you ask for? I’m proud to be a WPT donor and supporter.

WPT partners with Nancy Zieman Productions to host Quilt Expo each year. What are you most looking forward to at Quilt Expo 2017 and why?

I look forward to Quilt Expo each fall! I so enjoy meeting and greeting attendees, quilters, faculty members, vendors and volunteers. I’m thrilled to connect with friends – that I make and see once a year – at Quilt Expo all while viewing the spectacular quilt displays, perusing the vendor mall and checking in on the educational offerings.

Much like a family reunion, Quilt Expo is an energetic gathering with everyone tied together by a common thread – our love and appreciation for quilting and Wisconsin Public Television!

Visit quiltexpo.com to purchase discounted advance tickets through Sept. 4

Escape, Create & Celebrate at Quilt Expo This Fall

Join the ultimate quilting adventure and meet Sewing With Nancy’s Nancy Zieman during Quilt Expo 2017: Sept. 7-9 in Madison!

Presented by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) with Nancy Zieman, Quilt Expo is designed to capture and revitalize the creative quilting spirit. The expo features a 10-category quilt contest, vendor mall, stage presentations, informal lectures, sit & sew and hands-on workshops, nationally known celebrity presenters, appearances by Nancy and raffle prizes.

Advance registration for the expo is now open, which means you can register early and save $2 per admission ticket, workshop and lecture. Plus, registering early means you can take advantage of limited-quantity opportunities, like the brand-new Quilt Expo VIP package! Continue reading Escape, Create & Celebrate at Quilt Expo This Fall

Watch! Bid! Win! May 31-June 4

WPT Auction Begins Wednesday!
Browse and pre-bid on hundreds of items now at auction.wpt.org.

Next week, tune in to WPT to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses and individuals during the 42nd annual WPT Auction. Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages and more … all in support of Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Watch Auction live on-air or online May 31-June 4. On May 31-June 1 Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV area only. Auction is broadcast to the entire WPT viewing area June 2-4. Watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org

WPT Auction Schedule
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 – Entertainment & Hobby
7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 – Home & Garden
7 p.m. Friday, June 2 – Sports & Recreation
4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3- Kids & Family
7 p.m. Saturday, June 3 – Travel
4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 4 – Marketplace
6 p.m. Sunday, June 4 – Showcase

Enter the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

Quilt Expo and Nancy Zieman have announced an all-new quilting challenge taking place throughout the month of May on social media: The Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

To enter, send a high-resolution image of your quilt to QEChallenge@gmail.com by 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Include your full name, hometown, and a sentence or two about your quilt. Enter one modern mini quilt for a chance to receive a prize from one of the sponsors (explore the full prize list below)!  Continue reading Enter the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

Gaylord Catering Fuels Auction 2017

This year, Wisconsin Public Television celebrates our 42nd year of fantastic fun at Auction – May 31 through June 4, 2017! Help support WPT as you bid on an array of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals from around Wisconsin and beyond. Preview and pre-bid on items and watch our live stream from anywhere at auction.wpt.org. To bid by phone, dial 800-236-3636.

WPT Auction catering partners fuel hardworking volunteers and WPT employees throughout Auction with delicious, local meals. This year, longtime Auction catering partner Gaylord Catering Service, of Madison, has once again signed up to volunteer time — and, of course, food. We sat down with Dave Chamberlain, Gaylord Catering Service’s owner, president, and general manager (and even one of the chefs!) to learn more about the business and its commitment to Auction.

How has your role with Gaylord Catering Service evolved over the years?
I started in 1968 as a high school student washing dishes. I kept that job part-time, washing dishes throughout college until I graduated from Madison Business College in 1974 with an accounting degree. After graduation, Gaylord Catering offered a full-time job, which I accepted. Shortly thereafter, I was offered a position of ownership in the company — you know, one of those enticements to make sure that you stay and don’t run away [laughs]! In 1983, I purchased the company from Gaylord Matti, the original owner. I purchased with a partner; in 1997 my partner left to pursue other interests. Since then, it’s just been my wife [Pat] and I.

What about Auction motivated Gaylord Catering to donate meals and valuable time?
My kids and my wife and I — and now my grandkids —watch public television a lot. In the early years, WPT carried Badger hockey and basketball, which we loved to watch. [Donating to Auction] just seemed like a way for me to give back. You can always donate money, but this was an opportunity for me and my business to give something back.

What’s your favorite part about being an Auction catering partner?From a business standpoint, you get exposure to a lot of people. If I provide them with good food that they like, maybe they’ll remember that I donated. They’ll take the time to call me and give me an opportunity to provide that food for them. It doesn’t “seal the deal,” but they’re more likely to give me a chance. It’s a way for the community to realize that we’re giving back. And I’m sure the volunteers enjoy it!

Since you’re one of the chefs, we have to ask: What’s the most popular dish?
We do a number of weddings every year, and in the wedding business, chicken is a popular item. We do a Wisconsin Cranberry Chicken, which is chicken breast filled with a dried cranberry, walnut and herb dressing and garnished with a white wine cream sauce. That’s probably one of the most popular items we serve.

Speak Up! Auctioneer Auditions Held April 4-5

This year’s Auction to benefit Wisconsin Public Television could feature you at the microphone!

WPT is holding auditions for volunteer auctioneers for our annual Auction, which will broadcast live on television May 31 through June 4. We’re looking for both adult and youth auctioneers!

Auditions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WPT studios on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5. To register for an auctioneer training and audition session, please complete the online form. 

At Auction, the auctioneer’s job is to introduce items and encourage high bids by reading copy on-air and announcing winning bids. During the auditions, we will provide you with examples of auctioneers in action and give you the opportunity to practice reading scripts with help from our friendly, expert coaches. No advance preparation is required — just bring your enthusiasm for public broadcasting and your best speaking voice!
 

Wisconsin Public Television studios are located at 821 University Avenue in Vilas Hall, on the corner of Park Street, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

If auctioneering isn’t your forte, we can still use your help to make this year’s Auction a success. Visit our volunteer page for more information.  And thank you!