"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 :)
After our delicious breakfast we went to the sugaring camp a short distance away. Over 1000 people came to this event and about 700 had breakfast too.
The weather was rather interesting, it alternated between white out and sunshine, sometime both at the same time!
Set up in the camp was a large portable Ho-Chunk Indian home called a Ciporoke, it was put to the test today with the high winds and it didn’t budge. It was constructed in January so it has stood most of the winter.
We went inside and learned more about it and saw some animal pelts and tools used by the Ho-Chunk. A docent inside answered the questions from the many visitors, very interesting! Let’s listen in.
The views inside, tools and pelts on display.
Nearby were three large iron kettles boiling sap as they did in the late 19th century. Another volunteer was showing the various products that can be made from sap. Also a demo of carrying two buckets of sap using a yoke.
This part of the festival was real fun, eating ice cream topped with maple syrup made by an antique steam engine! Let’s see it in action!
Great ice cream too, cold and snow doesn’t stop Wisconsinites from enjoying that any time!
After our treat we visited the Maple Syrup finishing House, where larger quantities of sap were boiled than in the iron kettles. It was a wood-burning unit and it warmed the room nicely! On our first visit in 2012 was when we saw it cold.
We also learned pickles and syrup go well together, never know that!
This was a real fun festival and we are so glad we were able to go this year!
We had some warm weather recently that begun to make some flowers begin to come up outside. Inside though were flowers one would see from May to August, all at one time! Here is a guide to the many flowers present that you could look at while you were there.
The event was in the same room where the Holiday Express was, now outfitted for spring.
The theme of the show this year paired specialty artisan-designed furniture surrounded by the many flowers featured. These were the manufacturers represented.
Let’s see how creative these two mediums could be blended together. Here is a beautiful pond display. Here is a close up of the light fixture.
Here is a gardener constructed of chicken wire in his potting shed potting some plants, very creative!
This view is looking towards to gardens outside.
A pretty table with tall mirrors and translucent cabinet back-lit by the sun.
Creative use for a large wine bottle, make a table out of it 🙂
A simple desk with a great view.
Next to the room entrance is an array of potted plants and oval mirror with a small lamp on the table below.
Next to the desk near the entrance is an attractive array of potted plants and an oval mirror.
We finish our visit by venturing outside, rumor has it snowdrops and crocus have been spotted here as early as Feb 29 (Facebook post). It was true! Such brave flowers to grow even though it could snow again at any time.
Quite and beautiful flower show, including outdoors. Stop by Olbrich during these hours. The gift shop is amazing too! Members receive a 10% discount.
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!
It has been almost a year since our last trip to Mineral Point, and it was time to go back! On our last visit we took a tour of historic Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley, very exciting! This time, we returned downtown to see what we missed.
This weekend was their first festival of the season, their big “Clay in May” event. This festival focuses on the many pottery artists in town, it was the 5th year. The artists give visitors a tour of their studios, behind the showroom we see in the front of the store. Four businesses took part in this event:
We took the tour of Howdle studio, what beautiful work! Bruce Howdle was happy to show us his latest creations, including works in progress. Private customers can even commission from him custom pieces of art.
In the back room of his studio his artist friend Roland Sardeson was making beautiful works of art on his potter’s wheel as we watched. On a couple of tables he had small pieces for sale too, I got a tea-cup. His artist skills cover a wide scope of categories. He has even built this Free Little Library, beautiful!
We had lunch at the Red Rooster Cafe again, we loved it the first time we went last June. This time we saved room for their famous Figgy-Hobbin dessert, brought by the Cornwall miners a long time ago. Yum!
Our visit included seeing other historic buildings we missed the last time.