Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More than 60 expected at today's picnic

The Hillside Fest hosted today, July 12, by Robert and Belle La Follette is expected to draw more than 60 alumni, friends, current and entering students, faculty and staff of the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

people sitting, eating and talking outside, with bust of Bob La Follette keeping an eye on who is going for seconds
Picnickers enjoy Hillside Fest as the host keeps an eye on the crowd.

The picnic will be 5-7 p.m. on the school's grounds, 1225 Observatory Drive, ran or shine. The La Follettes will provide burgers, brats and fixings, table service, soda and water. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share and additional beverages. Families and children are welcome.

"The gathering is a chance to bring together alumni and friends, faculty, staff, and current and new students," says organizer Mary Russell, the school's career development coordinator. "We will again have lawn games, door prizes and photo opportunities with Bob."

Last year's gathering drew more than 80 guests who enjoyed a lovely summer evening on the hill overlooking Lake Mendota.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. in lot 26 at the school and along Observatory Drive and lot 34 across Observatory Drive from the La Follette School (between Liz Waters Hall and Tripp Commons). Guests should note that Charter Street is completely closed and Observatory Drive is one-way heading west. Road closings updates are online.

An RSVP is encouraged to help with planning but not required. Send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 608-263-7657, or respond via Facebook.

La Follettes to hold second hillside picnic, June 14, 2011, La Follette School News

More than 80 picnic on La Follette hillside, July 22, 2010, La Follette School News