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14th Annual AppleFest – Madison Northside


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Madison Northside sign

Warner Park Community Center

 This is another great event, hosted by the NESCO (North/Eastside Senior Coalition), just like the Warner Summer Concert series that we attended in June. It is held at the Warner Park Community Center inside. It was a cold rainy day so that worked out well.

Apple Fest poster

The first thing we see is the apple tent outside the community center with apples for sale. Yes, it was raining at the time.

Apple tent at AppleFest in Madison

 

Upon going inside was lots of activity, food and a silent auction to help raise money for NESCO.

AppleFest main area

Inside the gym are lots of great kid attractions. First thing at 9:30 AM was a fun drum circle, Let’s listen in.

Drum Circle leader at AppleFest

After the Drum Circle was Doodlebug the Clown making balloon animals for the kids. We have seen her at the Columbus July 4th celebration also.

Doodlebug the Clown at AppleFest

We also brought home a bag of books from their book sale. It was time for some more entertainment. We went to the snack bar room for some lunch and a performance from  Dance Dimensions from Stoughton.

Dance Dimensions with logo

Following them were Just Too Accordions, wonderful! Lets hear them perform a favorite, “On Wisconsin”.

Just Too Accordions at AppleFest

The last performance we saw was Madison College Big Band perform jazz and big band music, two of our favorites! Lets hear some of their performance!

Madison College Jazz

What a wonderful day, we hope to enjoy this great festival again next year.

Apple Fest Collage

 

Fall Color Tour 2014- Baraboo Area


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Our travels had us all over Wisconsin this year, but we didn’t make it up to Baraboo the whole summer. We finally made it for fall. We knew it wasn’t peak yet but still knew we would find some bright colors since the trees don’t all change at once. We had to leave the house at dawn to get an errand done in north Sun Prairie and caught a beautiful sunrise there. I think sunrises in fall are the prettiest!

Sun Prairie Sunrise Corn Harvest

Our errand done, we headed toward Baraboo, the farmers were up and harvesting their crops by the time we got on the road. Here is a shot from the window of harvesting corn, probably field corn for the animals. We  approached  Portage and saw Cascade Mountain on the other side of the highway. We remembered our visit there last winter and hoped to go there this upcoming winter.

Cascade Mountain in Portage

Country house in Baraboo

 

Baraboo Hills house

Cabin in the woods

We saw many country scenes like these on the way. We had reached the Baraboo Hills and saw an explosion of color!

Fall trees in Baraboo

 

Our first stop was Ski-Hi Fruit Farm, now open for the season with apples and other fall produce. You can’t miss the Apple sign guiding you there from highway 12.  We got there in time to see them sorting and bagging apples for sale. We bought a bag of Courtland apples.

 

Ski-Hi Fruit Farm

Apple processing at Ski-Hi in Baraboo

The colors were brilliant in the hills near the orchard.

Ski-Hi Fruit Farm fall view

Baraboo Hill fall color

 

We headed out, turning right toward Devil’s Lake State Park. What a view!

Country road in Baraboo

 

We decide to visit the North Shore first, there is often brilliant color in this area. We weren’t disappointed!

Devil's Lake sign

 

Orange tree at Devil's lake

Trees at Devil's Lake in Baraboo

We walked around to near the other shelter and boat launch area, what a view of the west bluff side of the lake.

Al and Laurie joined pic DL

Devil's Lake lodge

After exploring here, we went hiking at nearby Steinke Basin, one of our favorite hikes that is fairly flat and beautiful. It is outlined in green. Bright colors here too.

Steinke Basin Trails

Steinke Basin fall color

 

We call this “The Enchanted Forest” because it is so beautiful.

Enchanted Forest at Steinke Basin

 We wind our way back towards our car after such an enjoyable hike at one of our favorite state parks.

Fall Color at Steinke Basin at Devil's Lake

Fall color at Steinke Basin

 

We enjoyed our outing and have enjoyed coming here all seasons of the year.

University of Wisconsin Botanical Garden


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UW Botanical Garden from University Ave

Al and found this garden quite by accident while taking a bike ride on a warm spring day. I have lived here 29 years and never noticed it since this is what it looks like from the street. It does not have a parking lot,  so you have to find somewhere nearby to park, bus, or bike.   The address is 1085 University Ave.

What a beautiful garden, especially since the redbud trees were blooming by then. They have an Eastern Redbud.

Eastern Redbud Tree

Gazebo at UW Botanical Garden

 

Also a Saucer Magnolia to the right of the Gazebo.

They also have a Newton Apple Tree, a descendant of the tree purported to have dropped an apple on Sir Issac Newton’s head, leading to his discovery of gravity.

 

Newton Apple Tree

Newton Apple Tree plaque

 

Here is an exotic Red Crown Imperial from Turkey.

Red Crown Imperial flowers

 

Day Lilly

Day Lilly

 

There are many more flowers to see, plus some artwork.

The Fruit

What a nice garden, and one that may not be as well-known as some others in Madison.

UW Botanical Garden Website

 

Don’t Go Half-Way to Brodhead


Brodhead sign

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Brodhead is a picturesque community in Green County with much to see.  The Sugar River Trail is here also, the southern trailhead. It’s 22 miles long, going all the way to New Glarus. We began our explorations downtown, the town has a square with gazebo and picnic tables. Its called, “Tinker’s Garden.” Here is where many festivals take place, Brodhead downtown Tinker's Garden in BrodheadTinkers Garden plaque Gazebo in Brodhead, WI Across the street in a building is a mural paying homage to the railroad and depot in Brodhead. Brodhead mural We could see the restored depot from here. Inside is the museum and an engine and caboose you could go in. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season. Maybe we can get back here in the spring when it re-opens.  The Brodhead Historical Society does good work here.Brodhead Depot

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adjacent to the depot is the Veterans Memorial Park, in the center is a tall Civil War Monument.

Brodhead Civil War Memorial

After exploring downtown for a while, we headed to points just outside. Stopped by Decatur Dairy for a grilled cheese sandwich and some cheese curds. We were too late for a tour but we will go back.

Decatur Dairy in Brodhead

They even had a “cheese tree” totem pole outside, cool!

Cheese TreeAl and Laurie at Decatur Dairy in Brodhead

Speaking of tree, Brodhead also has a historic living tree called the Half-Way Tree. Indian runners used it as a marker because it was half-way between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

Half-Way Tree sign

Half-Way Tree Burr Oak

It’s harvest time, and that includes APPLES!  Our next stop was nearby Ten Eyck Orchard for some locally grown apples and cider. The historic round barn with the apple barn quilt are this farm’s most distinctive features. We bought some Empire apples, delicious!

Ten Eyck Orchard Round Barn

Ten Eyck Barn Quilt

apples

Al and Laurie at Ten Eyck Orchard

It was time to head back north towards Madison. On the way, we walked a bit on the Sugar River trail to see the famous Clarence covered bridge replica, completed in 1984.

Clarence covered Bridge in Brodhead

Come all the way to Brodhead, it’s well worth the visit!