"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 :)
Incorporated as a village in 1931, Maple Bluff is a community with beautiful homes and where the home of our state Governor is located. Learn more about Maple Bluff’s early history here. Also about activities in the village in their newsletter. It is also a certified Tree AND Bird City too!
Kenosha is a bustling city of 100,000 located on the shores of Lake Michigan with a lot for their citizens and visitors to do the year around. We had a full day planned and arrived by 9 AM. Our first stop was Harbor Park by the lake, with great views of the two lighthouses there. The red one is the North Pier Light and the stone one is the Southport. We also had the great luck of watching a Coast Guard boat head out to the lake, passing by the Southport lighthouse.
Harbor Park also has lots of great sculptures to look at too along the harbor walk. This called, “Rotating Through the Universe” by Paul Bobrowitz, Jr.
We had a great lunch here and will come back again. There were a couple more hours before the main event we came here for, so we then headed to the Kenosha Public Museum to enjoy their free public holiday celebration. The Museum is a must-see place in Kenosha.
They had a Christmas Village model train display, beautiful!
The Sons of Norway provides live music, singing traditional Christmas Carols.
The best part of all, we managed to get on Kenosha TV via their Public TV station, KTV. They had a TV camera set, recording people sending their holiday greetings to Kenosha. We had to join the fun! Here is a screencap of the video. In honor of Bob and Doug McKenzie of the Great White North, I made our picture look like theirs.
And NOW, for the main event. At about 2:30 we arrived at Diver Dan’s Scuba and Aquatic Center for our Underwater Santa Christmas photo. They have a warm-water pool on site. This event benefits a local charity, you donate something in exchange for the photo which they put on Facebook.