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Spring Really Starts In Madison April 19, 2008 At 6:00 A.M.

April 14, 2008

I know that calendars had spring starting in Madison several weeks ago.  I know that the papers told readers it had happened, and that local weathermen reported the same.  I understand that the Mayan ruin, Kukulkan’s Pyramid, experienced sunlight on March 20th at precisely mid-afternoon which bathed the western balustrade of the pyramid’s main stairway causing seven isosceles triangles to form imitating the body of a serpent 37 yards long that creeps downwards until it joins the huge serpent’s head carved in stone at the bottom of the stairway.  (This Mayan ruin is amazing, and having climbed it I can say ‘awesome’ does not start to describe it.)  I know that many are already in a spring frenzy.  But wait!

Regardless of why you think spring has started, let me assure you that it has not.  Spring does however start on Saturday, April 19, at 6:00 A.M. 

The best place to observe the real start of spring is at the Capital Square as the Dane County Farmers Market begins.   That morning vendors will be arrayed around the square, coffee and donuts will be in ample supply, and fresh greenhouse salad fixings and vegetable plants will be ready for sale.  And if my prediction is correct MANY people who have had their fill of snow and cold will descend on the square to usher in spring.  Yes, this IS the real start of spring in Madison!

Though I do not expect any snake like creature to form on the Statehouse that day in the sunlight as it did on Kukulkan’s Pyramid.

The Market runs through the first weekend of November at the Statehouse square.  Other venues for the market in the city, and days they are held, can all be found here.

 

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  1. April 15, 2008 9:57 AM

    You have no idea how excited I am for this!

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