Hi - I'm a newbie and live in Madison.
If you're looking for a place to meet up, you can use the "You're Sew Brilliant"
http://sew-brilliant.blogspot.com stitch lounge in Lowe Mill http://www.lowemill.net
Wednesdays are usually good for me.
You can see the restored 1905 Lowe Mill & its water tower if you're on the parkway between Bob Wallace & Governors looking toward Office Depot. There are artists, glassblowers, bronze casters, silk-screeners, and others who have studios there.