"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 :)
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.
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!
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!
We have not been here for awhile, our last visit was in 2011. The Waunakee Rotary Club works hard to put up this fine display every year. As you pass under the lighted archway, they hand you a booklet full of recipes and a candy cane and thanks you for stopping by. They appreciate your donation to support the club and pay for the lights to put up next year.
This year with our new mini-video camera we made a video of our drive through the park.
We also got closeups of the displays too. It was larger than 5 years ago.
They outdid themselves this year, we plan on returning next year!
It was our last chance to see Candy Cane Lane, it ran only between Nov. 27-Dec. 27. It’s actually a rather area of highly decorated houses on 96th to 92nd Ave in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee. This event is also a fundraiser for the MACC Fund. We just saw a small area, as it was raining out.
You can tell the area by tree marked to look like candy canes.
Let’s go see some of the houses! The rain made a pretty reflection of the Christmas lights on the street.
This one was cute, the snowman was singing in synch to music.
The view down the street, many cars after dark.
And a biking Santa!
Near this location were volunteer collecting money for the MACC Fund.
We had a great time here and it will be back the day after Thanksgiving next year.