"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 :)
This plaque is on the backside of the trees, honoring the late Dr. Jack Styles Kammer.
This great Madison tradition was started by the late Dr. Jack Kammer of the Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison. He planted the 228 trees back in 1986. By 1996 they were large enough to decorate and they created a sensation on University Avenue on Madison’s West side. He passed away May 13, 2010. The lights continue though, put up by volunteers. His son Dr. Chris Kammer has continued the legacy.
Set-up is done in the fall. In 2017 it was on 10-28. To let the public know so they can help put the lights on, two signs were placed in front of the trees in advance.
The first time I photographed these lights was in 2002. There was an undecorated area in the middle with a lit American flag in the center, paying respect to the tragedy of 911 (now called Patriot Day).
We returned on 11-21-16 armed with my new Canon EOS Rebel T6i camera and took a long-exposure shot.