"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 :)
For the lack of new posts in a while. Been suffering a bit of a writer’s block, as well as being winter-weary! My computer also had crashed in February and had to get a new hard drive. We hope to have some new posts soon. Meanwhile, there are plenty in the archives for you to enjoy, just put a word in the search bar.
It’s the time of year Columbus has been waiting for, Redbud Days. This annual celebration celebrates the Redbud tree, prominently displayed all over the city. Read more about the history here. Many of the redbuds are descended from one especially hardy tree that lived over 60 years, it was on 537 West James street. It lived from the 1940’s until it had to be cut down in 2001. It’s unique genetic makeup was preserved and the tree’s “children” are all over Columbus, 48 on city property alone.
We began the day by visiting some of the great garage sales around town. Found some great buys and had fun! Many people had redbuds in their yard, some quite large.
Back downtown for all the fun! Every year, a new Redbud Prince and Princess are chosen in a competition by children entering the contest. The ceremony was at the Columbus Senior Center.
Each child is interviewed and a panel of Judges choose the winners. See the ceremony here.
The kids were wonderful and all are fine representatives of Columbus. They will all go far.
It may be winter outside but inside it’s spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The turnout was high at this popular event. There even was musical accompaniment by the Collage saxophone Quartet. You can hire them to play at your venue!
The Conservatory was inviting with 80ºF temps inside.
Let’s go into the exhibition room, so beautiful!
Large display, so many varieties!
After enjoying these orchids, there was another room with vendors selling them too.
Not only orchids were for sale, also orchid themed mementos. Pictures by Charlotte Fung Miller, Chinese Brush Art.