In some ways Madison's Williamson Street is Wisconsin's answer to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district of the 1960's. It has been an area of political activism, alternative life styes , and social diversity. I lived there in the 1970's and revisit it whenever possible, because the spirit of Willy Street is still alive and well.
Last weekend was the the annual Willy Street Fair. The weather was perfect, the crowds were mellow, and a good time was had by all. The images in this post are a sampler of the sights of the festivities. Add diverse foods, live music, local vendors, anti-war protesters, and organizations like "The Union of Those Who Wear Beards" and you get a sense of the mix. We wandered around savoring it all for at least four hours and enjoyed every minute of it. Contrary to Tom Wolfe's message, you CAN go home again (and thoroughly enjoy it).
I hope that you enjoyed your visit to the Tavern and will stop by again sometime. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.