"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 :)
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!
In Waunakee, the Rotary Club puts up a light display in Waunakee Village Park. They are a real great group of people doing community service projects the whole year around. This one is quite popular and draws in people from surrounding communities also. They are open 5-9 PM. Donations gratefully accepted!
This Nativity scene is near the park entrance.
Just past the entrance.
The club recorded a drive-through of the light displays.
They put a lot of work into this display every year, and each display is so pretty!
We go by the gazebo as we exit the park. Thank you for coming, see you next year!
Governor Nelson State Park is the one closest to our home, but this was our first time here. We wonder now why it took us so long, what a beautiful place! We hope to do some cross-country skiing and snowshoeing this winter there. This visit we looked for fall color and found plenty! Great trails too.
We hiked on the Woodland Trail, they even had a QR code on a sign to help you identify animal tracks you may see on your hike.
Lots of fall color! Here is a beautiful collection of autumn splendor!
This park is on the shores of Lake Mendota, the largest in the Madison Chain of Lakes and northernmost. For great fishing information about these lakes, contact my brother Lee Tauchen. He is a Captain and professional fishing guide who will take you out in his boat to the best spots to catch the fish of your choice.
We made our way toward the lake and found a fish cleaning station. An anchor is on display nearby.
It was beautiful lakeside. we could see the Madison skyline from here. Staff were removing the piers for the winter the day we went. We were across from Governor’s Island from this location.
This part of the park has a sandy beach and a very large shelter. Also a playground and even a checkers table!
If you have a lot of items to bring down to the beach, they have carts you can use to do that.
We saw more color as we wound our way back to the car. This is a wonderful park and plan on coming back to see all the seasons.
Wisconsin is big on showing Christmas spirit with lots of holiday light displays. Madison is well-known for their Holiday Fantasy in Lights display, put on by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and The National Electrical Contractors Association in Olin Park. This is their 25th year!
Turn on your radio to 1610 for the soundtrack you can listen to while you are driving through the looking at the displays. Enjoy this slideshow of the displays.
Some of our favorites.
This rocking horse is one of the original displays, now 25 years old.
The Memory Tree
From the top of the hill where the tree is, you have a great view below of the park.
The memory tree looks brighter here because I took this picture in 2003, before LED lights were used.
They even give you a candy cane as you exit, thanking you for coming to see the displays. Donations gratefully accepted!