"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 :)
The last time I attended this event was in 2013, so it was time to see it again. This time Al joined me. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.00 for kids 3-12. Since we joined during Olbrich Botanical Garden’sGLEAM event in the fall, we had free entry! The inside of the building was so festive, with many poinsettia plants, some of which are for sale. Memberships are also 50% off during this special event.
We headed down the walkway to the Christmas display, showing our membership card for admittance and hand-stamped.
Greeting us with a train whistle and an “All Aboard!”, Olbrich volunteer Judy warmly greeted us and had information about upcoming events.
A different train is on the left side, and “Iron Horse” steam engine.
Let’s see them in action!
Two members of the Railway Society were there, Dick Jellings and his wife Elaine. For over 20 years he wore the Colonel Corn costume at the Sun Prairie Corn Fest. Now retired, he enjoys model trains and showing them to the public. They will be part of the upcoming Mad City Model Railroad Show and Sale on Feb 20-21, 2016. We plan on going to this fun event!
The LEGO™ displays were quite impressive. Star Wars fever was rampant even here, with a rebel base display called “Home One”.
Winter Street Scene
In the Bolz Conservatory, the CHOCOLATE: THE BITTER AND THE SWEET exhibit had Cacao trees on display and signs describing the history of chocolate and uses over the millennia.
A small Cacao tree and pod.
Purity of chocolate, white “chocolate” is not chocolate at all!
Some of the displays.
We had a great visit to Olbrich and we look forward to returning to their other events in the next year. We highly recommend becoming a member. They get many special benefits, including a discount in their gift shop.
We have been married for 13 years and have had many adventures, but had overlooked Milwaukee for attractions. This was our first destination, Mitchell Botanical Domes. It has 3 domes, the Show dome, Desert and Tropical.
We arrived at the domes, looking forward to seeing exotic flora. Pretty lobby too.
We went to the Show Dome first, it was all decorated for Christmas with poinsettias, snowmen and Christmas trees. We had our picture with a snowman. This is the one dome that changes with the seasons and holidays. The other two are more static.
We then went to the Desert dome. I felt like I was back in Arizona. The last time I was there was in 1992.
Then the Tropical Dome, it felt like a hot summer day, we needed that with the cold rain falling outside.
We had a great time here, we were hungry and it was time for lunch. We went to Oscar’s nearby. The are known for great hamburgers. They weren’t kidding! Not only that, a bunch of people in Santa suits rode up on their bikes. It was Santa Rampage day for the local bike club, essentially pub-crawling in the holiday spirit. You never know what you are going to see in a big city like Milwaukee.