Archives

Olbrich Botanical Garden’s Orchid Quest


2-5-17

Olbrich Gardens sign

Orchid Quest crowd at Olbrich

orchid-quest program side 1

orchid-quest program side 2

It may be winter outside but inside it’s spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.  The turnout was high at this popular event.  There even was musical accompaniment by the Collage saxophone Quartet. You can hire them to play at your venue!

Collage Saxaphone Quartet card

collage-saxaphone-quartet-at-olbrich

The Conservatory was inviting with 80ºF temps inside.

Boltz Conservatory at Olbrich in winter

Olbrich Conservatory inside

Let’s go into the exhibition room, so beautiful!

Orchid Displays at Olbrich

Orchid Displays 2 at Olbrich

Large display, so many varieties!

Large oorchid display

Medium Orchid display at Olbrich

After enjoying these orchids, there was another room with vendors selling them too.

vendors-sign-a-orchid-quest

Orchid Vendor Room at Olbrich

Not only orchids were for sale, also orchid themed mementos. Pictures by Charlotte Fung Miller, Chinese Brush Art.

Charlotte Fung Miller Art at Olbrich

Orchids by Hausermann

Orchids by Hausermann INC

Some of the many varieties for sale.

orchids-at-olbrich

We had a lot of fun at this event, think spring!

 

Winterfest in Lake Geneva


2-4-17

winterfest-banner-crop

Rivera in Lake Geneva

It has been 5 years since our last visit to Lake Geneva, and Winterfest looked like a lot of fun! Events centered around The Rivera and the road going by the lakefront building.  It was a cold, windy and sunny day and there was a large crowd.  Winterfest crowd at Lake Geneva

View from the balcony.

View from Rivera balcony of Winterfest

Adding to the festive mood was music by Lake 96.1, a local radio station. We could hear it throughout the festival because of the speakers placed throughout the snow carving display area.

96-1-logo

The snow sculptors were not just locals, they came from all points around the country and even other countries.  Lake Geneva is home to the  U.S. NATIONAL SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION.  Read more about this event in the official Guide. We were quite impressed with the quality of work.

Enjoy a slide show of the many sculptures that we saw, as well as the other activities.

They were all wonderful, but these were the winners.

First Place

Team Wisconsin 2

1st-place at Winterfest

2nd Place – Team Wisconsin 1

2nd-place at Winterfest

3rd Place – Team Maine

3rd-place at Winterfest

Two activities were enjoyed by people on the lake as well. Snowmobile rides were given.

Snowmobile rides at Winterfest

Also helicopter rides by MF Helicopters, LLC.

mf-helicopters-llc-banner-at-winterfest

helicopter-ride-at-winterfest

Lake Geneva is a great place to visit in any season. Celebrate winter at Winterfest!

 

 

 

 

Paoli Fall Festival


10-1-16      Visit Paoli

paoli-fall-festival-banner

Paoli is the happening place to be for fall festivals.  The colors were peaking now, especially by the gazebo.

Fall tree backdrop behind gazebo in PaoliWe heard music nearby behind the old mill, sounded like one of our favorite kind of music, the Blues!

Mill and pumpkins in Paoli

It was coming from The Hop Garden outdoor stage in the backside of the mill.  The sign was out near the street, they also had a Chili contest contest, good on a cool day like today.

hop-garden-sign-in-paoli

The wonderful music we were hearing was being performed by  Old Black Joe And The 3rd Rail Sparks Blues Band.  They are regulars here, performing most Thursdays between 6-8 PM since 2014. Let’s listen in!

We also enjoyed lunch at the Paoli Brat and Bread Haus.   We had the Chicken Pot Pie,  very delicious!  We enjoyed the music at The Hop Garden while we ate.  The Cherry Pie A la Mode was wonderful too. Owner Cherri Bell makes everyone feel like an old friend upon meeting.  Thanks for the great lunch in such a festive atmosphere!

bread-and-brau-haus-sign

bread-and-brat-haus-in-paoli

chicken-pot-pie-and-cherry-pie-a-la-mode-collage

Quite an enjoyable afternoon was had by all, we took a stroll up the street to check out other fall scenes. The Paoli House Inn had many pumpkin sculptures out front.

Paoli House

The Paoli Schoolhouse Shops &  Café  stood out against the grey skies.

Paoli Schoolhouse

Paoli Secret Garden has the perfect item for you or for a gift.

paoli-secret-garden-wm-al

Paoli Secret Garden inside store

Paoli is beautiful any time of the year, stop in for a fun relaxing day by the Sugar River!

Sugar river in Paoli

Fall Maple tree in Paoli

Gresham-where the Quality of Life Abounds!


10-1-16

gresham-sign

Gresham is a small close-knit Village of 586 located just northwest of Shawano.   On our way home from our visit to Shawano we decided to have a quick lunch here.  On the city limits we saw the Miles of Art sign, the event going on this weekend. See the MAP of where art is on display in Shawano County.

Miles of Art Festival in Gresham

Delightful view downtown, their maroon clock sets the scene.

gresham-wm

Gresham City Clock

Lunchtime!  We heard about this delightful place called Pa’s Ice Cream Shoppe and wanted to try it.

pas-ice-cream-shop-wm-in-gresham

Their menu, how do you choose?

pas-ice-cream-shoppe-menu

That dipped ice cream cone was amazing. Good thing it was a cool day!

dipped-ice-cream-cone-at-pas-ice-cream-shoppeAfter lunch we looked at some of the other businesses nearby. Shanti’s Art Studio near the clock is across from the ice cream shoppe.

Shanti's Art Studio in Gresham

With Halloween on the way, an old building becomes a haunted house called Panic Chambers Hotel. Looks scary!

panic-chambers-hotel-collage

The Leaky Roof Bar

leaky-roof-bar

Also The Bad Habit Bar and Grill, nicely decorated with a barn quilt.

The Bad Habit Bar and Grill in Gresham

The Gresham Town Mart for your grocery needs and Cenex gas.

gresham-townmart

Also a Post Office too.

Gresham Post Office

It was now 1:30 and raining so it was time to depart. A beautiful community we would like to revisit again.

Shawano Octoberfest 2016


October 1, 2016

Shawano Octoberfest sign

octoberfest-banner

Shawano really knows how to celebrate autumn with their family-friendly Octoberfest.  We didn’t see the parade since we were in Keshena for dinner that night.  We were there bright and early on October 1 and enjoyed some Polka music by Polka Dynamics.

Many crafters were selling cute autumn-themed decor too.

Autumn crafts in Shawano

crafts at Shawano Octoberfest

Themed towels in Shawano

A favorite part of the festival were all the scarecrows and decorations on Main Street. Here are some of them!

shawano-scarecrows-collage

Tasty treats too from Spiral Gourmet by Freedom Foods, LLC.

spiral-gourmet-logo-text

spirals-gourmet-butterfly-fries-freedom-foods

What a wonderful time in Shawano, we will be back soon!

Barn Shed in Shawano

 

42nd Annual Cow Chip Throw Festival


9-3-16

Cow Chip Festival banner

Wisconsin has some very unique festivals, and this one on Labor day weekend takes the cake, er chip.  Wisconsin is  America’s Dairyland, and that means we honor the cow the milk she produces, also the products that are made from the milk (i.e. Green County Cheese Days).  The Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw festival honors another “product”, the cow pie 🙂  They are flattened into discs and dried, people then throw them as far as possible for prizes.  Take a look at some of the cow chip throwing and the craft fair.

Cow chip throw craft fair

This festival is more than cow chip throwing, there is also entertainment, craft show and parade!   It’s fun to take a selfie with the big cow!

cow-selfie-in-prairie-du-sac

The wagon filled with cow chips.

Cow Chip wagon

Competitor in the Women’s Division, #67. Good form!

cow-chip-thrower-67

Accurate measurement of distance for each throw is very important, Orion Land Surveyors provided these precise measurements.

orion-land-surveyors-in-prairie-du-sac

See winners of cow chip throw  here!

And now for the centerpiece of the festival, the big parade! Watch it below!

Cow Chip Parade banner in parade

The route.

Cow Chip Throw parade map 15

The Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce was there too.  They took your picture against a backdrop that was later posted on Instagram. They got mine too and I got to pick a t-shirt for free!

Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce booth

cow-chip-selfie-at-sauk-prairie-chamber-of-commerce

Get a great souvenir here!  It all supports the festival for next year!  Great prices too! I got a polo shirt on sale for $10.

Cow Chip Throw souveniers

cow-chip-throw-mementos

cow-chip-throw-polo-shirt

We had a great time at our first cow chip festival and hope to come again next year!

vote-for-chippy-al

2nd Annual GLEAM-Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison


9-2-16

boltz-conservatory-red-and-purple

gleam-sign

Gleam admission and times

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is always holding exciting events for the public. 2015 was their first year for GLEAM, a night event featuring art that is illuminated. Here is our visit from last year.  We didn’t think they could top that exciting first year, but it seems they did.  Monopods are permitted for a steadier shot and also to not get in the way of the other guests.

The route is different than last year, this is the map.

gleam-guide-map 2016

This year they added a cash bar to enhance your stroll through the garden.

cash-bar-at-olbrich

We were just amazed by the workmanship and talent of the artists participating this year. You can vote for your favorite after your visit.

gleam-installations-2016

We walked through in the daytime also to see what they looked like then.  Enjoy the video I made of our visits.

The Fire Monkeys were especially good. Three were in a tree, one was on the edge of a small pond. In the video, you will also hear the jungle sounds that are piped in on a nearby speaker.

Fire Monkeys

gleam-fire-monkeys

Another favorite was “The Soul’s Song” by the family of artist Ted Brusubardis.  This is a song of Latvia, a small excerpt is in the video.  The name in Latvian is Dvēseles Dziesma. Below is the song in it’s entirety.

The images of the performance is projected onto the back of the waterfall behind the Rose Tower.

The Soul's Song

The Rose Tower is a beautiful setting for both of the Soul’s Song and Yahara Cloud’s pieces.  Inside the tower had a purple light projector.

Inside Rose Tower

Yahara Cloudslong view

The view from the tower, breathtaking on this starry night. The streak is an airplane.

View from Rose Tower at night

See website for more information about this and other events.

Be sure to stop by soon for this wonderful exhibit and bring your friends and family (and your camera)!