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1st Annual Henry Vilas Zoo Lights


11-26-16

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Many places in the Madison area are decorating their establishments with lights  for their patrons to see them at night.  It is a fundraiser idea that has been getting more popular over the years. The Henry Vilas Zoo jumped on the bandwagon this year with their first Zoo Lights event. We went on the first night while it was still warm outside.

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This event was well attended for its first night, the weather helped too. Madison radio station Z104 was also there that night. Many animal lights too of course, very cute!  Mallard ducks at Vilas Zoo lights

See all the displays in our video!

 

 The Vilas staff and volunteers did an awesome job in their inaugural year of this great new event.  We look forward to seeing what they will do next year!

18th Annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train


12-5-16

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This is the 18th year of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, an exciting fundraiser for area food banks along the route the train takes in the US and Canada.  It was only in Wisconsin for a couple of days and the timing of it’s stops are different each year.  We were lucky this year, we could go!

We chose the village of Sturtevant to see it.  This community is located just west of Racine and about 1 1/2 hours from Madison. After dinner we were directed into a parking lot in a shopping mall close to the depot.  The lot was filling up fast with an excited crowd waiting to see the train. Many people probably saw the train yearly.   This is the view from the lot.

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Food and money were collected here at the Racine County Food Bank truck on site.

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KTI Country radio station in Milwaukee was there to cover the event with a live broadcast.

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We were well prepared for recording this event, Al recorded from the ground with our mini-video camera and I roamed the grounds with my new camera. I went up the stairs in the structure above the track to see it coming from above.

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I could soon see the headlight and hear the train horn. It was right on time, 5:25 PM!  The crowd cheered and whistled!

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It’s here!

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Join in the fun! Enjoy our video! The train was at the station for 45 minutes and we enjoyed a 1/2 hour Christmas music show. Performers were Colin James and Kelly Prescott.

This event was incredibly fun and worth the journey to get there.  Thanks Canadian Pacific for bringing such joy and goodwill on the rails!

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28th Annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights


11-21-16

Visit from November 19-January 2, 2017

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Every year this event gets better!  Holiday Fantasy in Lights  has a new archway at the entry this year.  Tune your radio to 94.7 FM to hear the event’s low-power radio station.  The sound track is different every year. This year I did something different too, I arrived at 3:30 AM so there would not be any people there.  I started first with driving through the park, come join me!

After driving through I went up close to each display. The Dancing Trees music is on 94.5 FM.

On their website there is a live webcam view of the entry and you can hear the soundtrack.

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The Electric Group thanks you for coming to see the lights. Please consider donating to keep them coming back! This event is always so much fun and has become a tradition for many. View our 2013 and 2015 visits (missed 2014).

04 Thank You for Coming to Fantasy in Lights

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