Boat Cruise of Lake Monona -̶   September 27, Friday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $30
Space Limit: 50 guests

Cap off the symposium by joining your fellow attendees on a relaxing boat cruise of beautiful Lake Monona, featuring the Betty Lou Cruise Line! Casting off at 5 pm from Machinery Row, you will enjoy scenic vistas including the Monona Terrace, State Capitol, several views of the downtown Madison skyline, natural areas & lakefront estates while snacking on Wisconsin cheese and crackers or a vegetarian variety platter. Your on-board dinner buffet will include a traditional Wisconsin Friday Fish Fry, coleslaw and potato salad and desserts include Key Lime Pie and Betty’s Cheesecake served with Wisconsin Door County cherries. Beverages will be available for purchase. Betty Lou Cruises go rain or shine so please wear comfortable/appropriate apparel. Cost is $30 per person and space is limited to 50 guests. Be sure to add this adventure to your NDTE registration!

Covered Bridge Tour -̶   September 27-29, 2013

Plan to join us for a post-symposium technical tour to visit the Covered Bridges of Madison County ( in the state of Iowa on September 27-29, 2013.  This technical tour is organized by the organizing committee of the International Conference on Timber Bridges 2013 and open to the attendees of the 18th NDTE of Wood Symposium. Registration for this tour option, along with required fees, is available through the ICTB2013 website by early April:

Tour Introduction: The historic covered bridges of Madison County were built during the mid-1800’s and are testament to the durability of exposed wooden structures.  The bridges employ the Town Lattice truss design along with their distinctive hogsback bridge portals.  They gained worldwide fame after the novel and Hollywood movie “The Bridges of Madison County” during the 1990’s and many have been recently restored as National Historic Landmark Bridges.  This 3-day (2-night) bus tour will include stopovers at the city of Winterset, Iowa with a lunch stop at the famous diner from the movie and a stop at the boyhood home and museum of Hollywood Legend John Wayne.  For additional details and to sign up for this unique bus tour, please click here.

Hollywood Legend John Wayne (1907 – 1979) (on left)
Hollywood movie “The Bridges of Madison County”, 1995 (on right)