on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
What the Kids Said
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Italian Workmen's Club
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Fishing Along Wingra Creek
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Quality Ace Hardware
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2
Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour
The Wisconsin Union: Hoofer Outdoor Program and Lifesaving Station
800 Langdon Street
Hoofers does many activities, but the four they do at
that building are wind surfing, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. But
the thing they are most well-known for is the sailing. Hoofers sails
. . . a lot! Hoofers has many, many boats. They even
They have a thousand members and sixty to seventy people
go sailing a day. But all at different times. And these members are
at any age. Mostly college students here but they have kids who are
members, seventy years and older, even dogs are members!
We were told what the rescue boat does and how it works. Also we learned how to tie a figure eight knot.
We saw two boats getting worked on, one that was almost finished and one that just came in. The one that they were just about done with had a nice coat of new paint and looked almost new. The boat that just came in was really ratty looking. It had paint flakes peeling everywhere and most of the top had no paint.
The third station was to practice sailing on land. Two
people got into a boat at a time and spent about three minutes practicing
moving the boat and the sail. When you turned, the sail moved so you
had to duck your head when the boom came towards you. It was a very
small boat, but it gave you the basics of sailing.
They use flags for signals. Blue flags mean strong winds.
Yellow flags mean there could be a storm, so boats have to say by a
line. A red flag means there is a storm and all Hoofer members have
to come back to land.
They have a steam whistle to blow whenever there is a storm coming up. When they think it’s a storm they blow it twice or if they have enough steam, three times. They also blow it once to warn sailors it’s an hour to sunset so that gives them time to get their boat back to shore before dark.
The Tech [boat] . . . is a really fast boat good for races,
a lot of people can ride in them at once, maybe eight to ten people
and of course a dog or two.
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