About Jonna Mayberry

I’m a publicist at Wisconsin Public Television. In my free time, you’ll find me thrift shopping, reading the latest memoir or history book, and watching Independent Lens. I run on coffee and puns. Follow me @JonnaMayberry or email me at jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org.

 

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What We Watch: Steve of SteveSongs

Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past 15 years. Ahead of Steve’s musical performances in Madison and Appleton this Aug. 4-5 for PBS Kids’ Get Up and Go! Day, an annual event for Wisconsin children and their caregivers, we caught up with him to learn what he loves most about Get Up and Go! Day and what he watches when he’s not onstage.

What’s your favorite part about being part of Get Up and Go! Day?

I love that the event is broadcast live. I also just love seeing the kids and the families that attend the event every year. They’re all just fantastic.
Overall, there’s this awesome positive energy around the whole event: from the kids to the grown ups to everyone working on the production. There’s a super uplifting aura throughout. 

This year, we also have a number of new songs that we’re going to be playing, including new dance moves, too, of course.  After we debut this year’s set in Madison, we head up to Appleton the next day. We’ve been doing that for the past two years. 

The cool thing about heading up to Appleton after Friday’s Madison broadcast is the excitement from the attendees, who have often seen broadcast the day before. They arrive excited and ready, and know some of the songs by heart!

When you’re offstage, what are your top catch-whenever-you-can PBS picks? 

My wife and I love Poldark on Masterpiece. When new episodes are available, it’s our favorite show. When we’re not watching PBS, we like Modern Family and So You Think You Can Dance. 

When it comes to PBS Kids programming, what are your family’s favorites? 

A few of our favorite PBS Kids programs (we have two children, ages 6 and 9) are Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Curious George and Wild Kratts.

My 9-year-old son grew up with Super Why! It’s a great show for learning letters, and he’s very passionate about reading to this day. PBS offered online games to accompany the show, and it was the perfect combo. We could watch an educational show from a trusted network, and then we could go online together as a family and take the learning to the next level.

Don’t miss Steve’s catchy songs, like the ones below, at Get Up and Go! Day 2017. Click here for details.

WEEK 5 PASTRY RECAP: THE GREAT WISCONSIN BAKING CHALLENGE

We’re halfway through Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show … but at least we have our butter to console us. Lots and lots of butter.

The eight remaining contestants walked into The Tent ready to put their layering skills to the test with pastry week. The mood was upbeat, and many bakers were still hopeful that Star Baker was within grasp. But Mary and Paul had a few challenges up their sleeves …

Read on to see who our Week 5 featured bakers are in The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge, but first, let’s reflect on what we learned from the latest episode of The Great British Baking Show. Spoiler alert! Continue reading WEEK 5 PASTRY RECAP: THE GREAT WISCONSIN BAKING CHALLENGE

Escape, Create & Celebrate at Quilt Expo This Fall

Join the ultimate quilting adventure and meet Sewing With Nancy’s Nancy Zieman during Quilt Expo 2017: Sept. 7-9 in Madison!

Presented by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) with Nancy Zieman, Quilt Expo is designed to capture and revitalize the creative quilting spirit. The expo features a 10-category quilt contest, vendor mall, stage presentations, informal lectures, sit & sew and hands-on workshops, nationally known celebrity presenters, appearances by Nancy and raffle prizes.

Advance registration for the expo is now open, which means you can register early and save $2 per admission ticket, workshop and lecture. Plus, registering early means you can take advantage of limited-quantity opportunities, like the brand-new Quilt Expo VIP package! Continue reading Escape, Create & Celebrate at Quilt Expo This Fall

Week 3 Bread Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Bread week: The most gluten-filled time of the year! On the “Bread” episode of The Great British Baking Show, contestants were asked to make three types of bread: Chocolate Bread, Dampfnudel and a Savory Plaited Centerpiece. 

In the style of The Great British Baking Show, we asked our Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge bakers to join in on the fun as well by making one of the aforementioned breads. BUT, while our bakers only needed to choose one, they were also asked to add a Wisconsin twist to their creations.  

Before we unveil our six Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge featured bakers for Week 3, let us quickly recap the latest episode of The Great British Baking Show and see how the contestants fared. If you haven’t watched it yet, this warning is for you: Spoiler alert! Continue reading Week 3 Bread Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Join The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge!

This is your chance to bake along with Britain’s best – and add a Wisconsin twist! Share your results with each us each week to be featured on our website.

Wisconsin Public Television’s first ever Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge launches today! Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. next Sunday, June 18, and we’re inviting you to try your hand – or whisk! – at the challenges from the show’s new season!

Each week during Season 4, try one of our fun baking challenges and share the results with us online. We’ll feature a variety of bakers, just like you, on the official website and right here on the blog – each week.

Continue reading Join The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge!

Watch! Bid! Win! May 31-June 4

WPT Auction Begins Wednesday!
Browse and pre-bid on hundreds of items now at auction.wpt.org.

Next week, tune in to WPT to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses and individuals during the 42nd annual WPT Auction. Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages and more … all in support of Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Watch Auction live on-air or online May 31-June 4. On May 31-June 1 Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV area only. Auction is broadcast to the entire WPT viewing area June 2-4. Watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org

WPT Auction Schedule
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 – Entertainment & Hobby
7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 – Home & Garden
7 p.m. Friday, June 2 – Sports & Recreation
4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3- Kids & Family
7 p.m. Saturday, June 3 – Travel
4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 4 – Marketplace
6 p.m. Sunday, June 4 – Showcase

Enter the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

Quilt Expo and Nancy Zieman have announced an all-new quilting challenge taking place throughout the month of May on social media: The Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

To enter, send a high-resolution image of your quilt to QEChallenge@gmail.com by 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Include your full name, hometown, and a sentence or two about your quilt. Enter one modern mini quilt for a chance to receive a prize from one of the sponsors (explore the full prize list below)!  Continue reading Enter the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

Gaylord Catering Fuels Auction 2017

This year, Wisconsin Public Television celebrates our 42nd year of fantastic fun at Auction – May 31 through June 4, 2017! Help support WPT as you bid on an array of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals from around Wisconsin and beyond. Preview and pre-bid on items and watch our live stream from anywhere at auction.wpt.org. To bid by phone, dial 800-236-3636.

WPT Auction catering partners fuel hardworking volunteers and WPT employees throughout Auction with delicious, local meals. This year, longtime Auction catering partner Gaylord Catering Service, of Madison, has once again signed up to volunteer time — and, of course, food. We sat down with Dave Chamberlain, Gaylord Catering Service’s owner, president, and general manager (and even one of the chefs!) to learn more about the business and its commitment to Auction.

How has your role with Gaylord Catering Service evolved over the years?
I started in 1968 as a high school student washing dishes. I kept that job part-time, washing dishes throughout college until I graduated from Madison Business College in 1974 with an accounting degree. After graduation, Gaylord Catering offered a full-time job, which I accepted. Shortly thereafter, I was offered a position of ownership in the company — you know, one of those enticements to make sure that you stay and don’t run away [laughs]! In 1983, I purchased the company from Gaylord Matti, the original owner. I purchased with a partner; in 1997 my partner left to pursue other interests. Since then, it’s just been my wife [Pat] and I.

What about Auction motivated Gaylord Catering to donate meals and valuable time?
My kids and my wife and I — and now my grandkids —watch public television a lot. In the early years, WPT carried Badger hockey and basketball, which we loved to watch. [Donating to Auction] just seemed like a way for me to give back. You can always donate money, but this was an opportunity for me and my business to give something back.

What’s your favorite part about being an Auction catering partner?From a business standpoint, you get exposure to a lot of people. If I provide them with good food that they like, maybe they’ll remember that I donated. They’ll take the time to call me and give me an opportunity to provide that food for them. It doesn’t “seal the deal,” but they’re more likely to give me a chance. It’s a way for the community to realize that we’re giving back. And I’m sure the volunteers enjoy it!

Since you’re one of the chefs, we have to ask: What’s the most popular dish?
We do a number of weddings every year, and in the wedding business, chicken is a popular item. We do a Wisconsin Cranberry Chicken, which is chicken breast filled with a dried cranberry, walnut and herb dressing and garnished with a white wine cream sauce. That’s probably one of the most popular items we serve.

Watch New Episodes of Wisconsin Foodie Online Now!

The new season of the Emmy® Award-winning program Wisconsin Foodie premieres 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13 on Wisconsin Public Television, but you don’t have to wait till then to watch the newest episodes; you can stream the new season online, anytime
on wpt.org
!

From Kickapoo Coffee Roasters and Central Waters Brewing Co. to Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese and Norske Nook, the new season of Wisconsin Foodie follows host Kyle Cherek on new culinary adventures as he meets the people behind local delicacies.

Watch the premiere episode, “B&E’s Trees/Wisco Pop/Kickapoo” below! (And watch all episodes here.)

Each episode of Wisconsin Foodie dives into Wisconsin’s unique culinary world by profiling local food treasures and highlighting the passionate and hardworking individuals responsible for the burgeoning “Good Food Movement.” Wisconsin Foodie blends food, cooking and travel while showcasing local businesses, restaurants, purveyors and farmers – telling their stories and helping to promote a local, sustainable economy.

Preview the “Call the Midwife” Season 6 Premiere!

We’re just three days away from the season premiere of the critically-acclaimed season 6 of Call the Midwife,  airing 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 2 on Wisconsin Public Television. But you don’t have to wait till the premiere to be reunited with your favorite characters; you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the series now!

Watch the first 10 minutes of Episode 1 now:

In season 6, Nonnatus house faces the changes of 1962. As they strive to help mothers and families cope with the demands of childbearing, disability, disease and social prejudice, the Poplar medics must make choices – and fight battles – of their own.

What are you most looking forward to in the new season? Share your predictions below!