The last time I attended this event was in 2013, so it was time to see it again. This time Al joined me. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.00 for kids 3-12. Since we joined during Olbrich Botanical Garden’s GLEAM event in the fall, we had free entry! The inside of the building was so festive, with many poinsettia plants, some of which are for sale. Memberships are also 50% off during this special event.
We headed down the walkway to the Christmas display, showing our membership card for admittance and hand-stamped.
Greeting us with a train whistle and an “All Aboard!”, Olbrich volunteer Judy warmly greeted us and had information about upcoming events.
Models trains are by the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society. The LEGO® displays by the Wisconsin LEGO® Users Group. The room is beautiful, this is the right side of the room with one train display, a modern diesel train.
A different train is on the left side, and “Iron Horse” steam engine.
Let’s see them in action!
Two members of the Railway Society were there, Dick Jellings and his wife Elaine. For over 20 years he wore the Colonel Corn costume at the Sun Prairie Corn Fest. Now retired, he enjoys model trains and showing them to the public. They will be part of the upcoming Mad City Model Railroad Show and Sale on Feb 20-21, 2016. We plan on going to this fun event!
The LEGO™ displays were quite impressive. Star Wars fever was rampant even here, with a rebel base display called “Home One”.
Winter Street Scene
In the Bolz Conservatory, the CHOCOLATE: THE BITTER AND THE SWEET exhibit had Cacao trees on display and signs describing the history of chocolate and uses over the millennia.
A small Cacao tree and pod.
Purity of chocolate, white “chocolate” is not chocolate at all!
Some of the displays.
We had a great visit to Olbrich and we look forward to returning to their other events in the next year. We highly recommend becoming a member. They get many special benefits, including a discount in their gift shop.