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Summer on the Terrace

For Music, Lake, and Summer
The Evolution of the Terrace Stage

In 1987, two students huddled outside Der Rathskeller with a staff advisor contemplating the low wooden stage nestled under the bay windows. The group thought it was a shame the platform, which served as a music stage for the Terrace, was placed in a corner, forcing the audience to turn their backs on the lake. A few days later, the stage was moved to a new lakefront location, giving audiences full view of both the stage and the beautiful setting. 

For more than three decades, Terrace-goers have enjoyed music and films set to the backdrop of summer sunsets over Lake Mendota. And we owe it all to a casual conversation and a mysterious move.