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Sunburst Chairs Will Return to the Memorial Union Terrace April 18


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Shauna Breneman, Communications Director

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Terrace Season to begin with community event

MADISON – Terrace season kicks off April 18 at 4 p.m. with the annual return of the Memorial Union Terrace’s iconic sunburst chairs, and the Wisconsin Union team welcomes community members to take part in the chairs’ arrival.

The return of the chairs marks the beginning of Terrace Season, Madison’s longest-running summer entertainment series.

Community members may begin lining up to return the chairs at the N. Park Street entrance to the Terrace at 3 p.m. Chairs will be available on a first come, first served basis to those seeking to enjoy the first day of Terrace season. Each person in line will pick up a chair or two to take onto the Terrace, where the Union team will already have placed tables.

The first 200 guests who arrive will receive brand new Terrace swag. Additionally, the Union team will randomly give away a limited number of bags filled with 2019 Terrace season swag. The celebration will also feature a free, Terrace-themed art event hosted by the Union’s Wheelhouse Studios, while supplies last, beginning at 4:15 p.m.; a performance by DJ Ian Carroll, as well as free popcorn and ice cream on a first come, first served basis.

“The Terrace is a major part of Madison summer, and we want to include community members, because they have an important role in making the Terrace so wonderful,” said Brennan Bahr, UW-Madison junior and Union vice president of external relations. “It’s because of the community’s support that we’ve been able to hold Terrace season for more than 90 years.”

Student leaders from the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) and Bucky will be on hand to help ring in the start of Terrace season. WUD student leaders organize, promote and execute most of the events that take place at Memorial Union, including those that happen at the Terrace.

“When people come to the Terrace, they’re both having fun and making a difference,” Bahr said. “Purchases made at Memorial Union help support student leadership opportunities.”

The 2019 Terrace season will include the return of the Terrace After Dark music and film series to the UW Credit Union Terrace Stage, which will feature free film showings and free, live music. Terrace After Dark is presented by WUD with generous support from Dean Health Plan, a member of SSM Health, and the UW Credit Union.

Terrace season will also include yoga on the Terrace and Lake Mendota, paddling rentals, and arts and crafts events.

On Terrace opening day, Memorial Union’s year-round dining options will be available to members and guests. Later this summer, four seasonal dining options, called the Brat Stand, the BBQ Stand, Lakeview Lounge and Sunset Lounge will also open.

Those interested in learning more about Terrace Season may visit


About the Wisconsin Union

The Wisconsin Union enhances the lives of members and visitors through recreational, cultural, educational and social opportunities. Formed in 1907, the Wisconsin Union is a membership organization that blends study and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more about the Union and its tradition of providing experiences for a lifetime:

[Note to the editor: Click here to download a photo of the previous Terrace chair return, which took place April 24, 2018. Photo provided by Wisconsin Union.]