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Olbrich Botanical Garden’s Orchid Quest


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Orchid Quest crowd at Olbrich

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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

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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

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Large display, so many varieties!

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Medium Orchid display at Olbrich

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

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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.

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

 

Paoli Fall Festival


10-1-16      Visit Paoli

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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Gresham City Clock

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

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Their menu, how do you choose?

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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!

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The Leaky Roof Bar

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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.

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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.