by A. King
Driving down south park on Saturday afternoon, you could hear the music as the bands played all day long. The delicious smell of food was in the air and a good time was had by all those who attended the annual celebration of
South Madison Planning Council Community Picnic. South Madison, the most diverse of all districts in Madison, includes seventeen neighborhoods, five commonly spoken languages, and a rich diversity of culture, in addition to a newly elected alderwoman, Ms. Sheri Carter and chairperson, Jeff Richter of South Madison Planning Council.
The festival has come a long way from the days of rained out parking lots and extension cords, to a beautiful landscape, professional stage with soundboard, and of course, the sun-shiny weather. The festival’s crowd grew larger as the day progressed, and there was no shortage of talent — the Fountain of Life and Endtime Liturgical dancers showed out, as well as bands Cool Front, The Davis Family, and Mad City Funk.
Alderwoman Carter from District 17 stated that next year’s festival will be even bigger and better. Special thanks goes to Kevin Gundlach, President of the South Central Federation of Labor, for sponsoring the land…good looking out!