"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
Each year I eagerly look forward to Olbrich Botanical Garden‘s hottest new art display taking place at night. They really outdid themselves this time. Here is a map of all the art installations, more than ever this year!
For the first time, there are displays inside of the Boltz Conservatory. This display cycles through all the colors, just like the lights lining the inside of the conservatory.
Next I went outside to see those displays, the tree outside was raining light!
There is now a bar outside so you can enjoy an adult beverage while enjoying GLEAM.
There was a surprise around every corner, I especially liked the columns on either side of the entrance to the Rose Garden, there were roses rotating around inside.
Loved the rainbow brick path.
Projected onto the path in the grand circle were messages, and butterflies flew through them.
New this year were lighted panels with a description of the displays. This one was really neat.
The star shower light made for a ghostly appearance of anyone standing under it.
This one was a little hard to take a picture, video is better.
This one was pretty too.
I am finishing my journey through the gardens, looking completely different from in the day. As a member, it is $11 to come to GLEAM, 14 if you are not. You can become a member at Olbrich at this time for a discount and save on future events, coupon is on GLEAM guide. I look forward to next year!
It’s the time of year Columbus has been waiting for, Redbud Days. This annual celebration celebrates the Redbud tree, prominently displayed all over the city. Read more about the history here. Many of the redbuds are descended from one especially hardy tree that lived over 60 years, it was on 537 West James street. It lived from the 1940’s until it had to be cut down in 2001. It’s unique genetic makeup was preserved and the tree’s “children” are all over Columbus, 48 on city property alone.
We began the day by visiting some of the great garage sales around town. Found some great buys and had fun! Many people had redbuds in their yard, some quite large.
Back downtown for all the fun! Every year, a new Redbud Prince and Princess are chosen in a competition by children entering the contest. The ceremony was at the Columbus Senior Center.
Each child is interviewed and a panel of Judges choose the winners. See the ceremony here.
The kids were wonderful and all are fine representatives of Columbus. They will all go far.