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Olbrich Botanical Garden’s Orchid Quest


2-5-17

Olbrich Gardens sign

Orchid Quest crowd at Olbrich

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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!

Collage Saxaphone Quartet card

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The Conservatory was inviting with 80ºF temps inside.

Boltz Conservatory at Olbrich in winter

Olbrich Conservatory inside

Let’s go into the exhibition room, so beautiful!

Orchid Displays at Olbrich

Orchid Displays 2 at Olbrich

Large display, so many varieties!

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Medium Orchid display at Olbrich

After enjoying these orchids, there was another room with vendors selling them too.

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Orchid Vendor Room at Olbrich

Not only orchids were for sale, also orchid themed mementos. Pictures by Charlotte Fung Miller, Chinese Brush Art.

Charlotte Fung Miller Art at Olbrich

Orchids by Hausermann

Orchids by Hausermann INC

Some of the many varieties for sale.

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We had a lot of fun at this event, think spring!

 

Winterfest in Lake Geneva


2-4-17

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Rivera in Lake Geneva

It has been 5 years since our last visit to Lake Geneva, and Winterfest looked like a lot of fun! Events centered around The Rivera and the road going by the lakefront building.  It was a cold, windy and sunny day and there was a large crowd.  Winterfest crowd at Lake Geneva

View from the balcony.

View from Rivera balcony of Winterfest

Adding to the festive mood was music by Lake 96.1, a local radio station. We could hear it throughout the festival because of the speakers placed throughout the snow carving display area.

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The snow sculptors were not just locals, they came from all points around the country and even other countries.  Lake Geneva is home to the  U.S. NATIONAL SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION.  Read more about this event in the official Guide. We were quite impressed with the quality of work.

Enjoy a slide show of the many sculptures that we saw, as well as the other activities.

They were all wonderful, but these were the winners.

First Place

Team Wisconsin 2

1st-place at Winterfest

2nd Place – Team Wisconsin 1

2nd-place at Winterfest

3rd Place – Team Maine

3rd-place at Winterfest

Two activities were enjoyed by people on the lake as well. Snowmobile rides were given.

Snowmobile rides at Winterfest

Also helicopter rides by MF Helicopters, LLC.

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Lake Geneva is a great place to visit in any season. Celebrate winter at Winterfest!

 

 

 

 

Monona-City of Pride, and it Shows


 

Monona sign

Monona is a city nestled within the city of Madison, this is a map of the borders.

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Strange as it may seem, Monona often flies under the radar as a separate entity because it is embedded in Madison.  It was time though to separate it from Madison and treat it like the city it is. They put out a publication each year, you can read it online here.

To the surprise of many, Monona was founded by disgruntled residents of Blooming Grove.  The site where the residents had their meetings to form Monona still exists, now the business called Monona Motors.

Monona Motors

In the yard is a commemorative plaque on a rock and a two-sided marker. The building used to be called Ernie’s Trading Post.

Ernie's Trading Post plaque

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The “main street” of Monona is Monona Drive, starting at the exit off of the West Beltline.  You are greeted by three sails, representing the community on the shores of Lake Monona. Also two monuments of both sides of the road.

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If you take a left at the light on Broadway and keep going, you will reach South Towne Mall. In the 1920’s, this was the site of Royal Airport,  the Madison area’s first airport before Truax was built. Charles Lindberg landed here twice in 1927 and 1928 in his plane, “Spirit of St. Louis”. There is a historical marker at the edge of the Kohl’s parking lot.

 

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A great many Monona businesses are located along this corridor and nearby, let take a look at some of them!  On the Monona East Side Business Alliance website, you can search for businesses here.

One of my favorite businesses in Monona is Any and All Media, a production company that can turn VCR tapes into DVD’s and much more!  It is located on 6420 Bridge Road.  I had a reel-to-reel tape from 1978 they made into an MP3 for me, thanks! We highly recommend them for all your transfer needs.  They also can shoot video of YOUR event for you. Prices are competitive.

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Next door is the Bridge Lounge.

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Continuing up Monona Drive..

Tully’s II Food and Spirits is on our left, just past the stoplights.  It’s a popular restaurant with an attractive stone exterior. Al and I had eaten there to celebrate our engagement in 1998 when it was a different restaurant called Leske’s Supper Club. We should go back!

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Also paid a visit to Roselawn Memorial Park on Femrite Drive to see the beautiful Tower of Memories.

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Also on Femrite Drive is the Aldo Leopold Nature Center.  Located behind the big hill and can’t be seen from Monona Drive, it is a hidden treasure in the city.

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aldo-leopold-nature-center-building

 Further down Femrite is Treasure Mart.

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 On Monona is another place for antiques and collectibles, Monona Antique and Mini Mall.

Monona Antique Mini Mall

We have also enjoyed bowling at Village Lanes too.

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Village Lanes inside

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In the past we have enjoyed getting a haircut at The Ultimate Veritas Spa and Salon.  They did my makeup for our wedding since I am unskilled in this area.

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On this site was once a homestead before it was developed.  Behind the Ultimate is a little stone/brick house. It no longer has an outlet to the street.  It may be part of the business’s property parcel now.

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Fraboni’s is a big draw for Italian food.

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A short distance from here on Monona Drive and Owen is Angelos.

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On our left is Ken’s Meats and Deli.

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Next is Schwenn’s Service gas station (ethanol free).  They pump your gas, no extra charge. They also can service your vehicle and their goal is to make you a loyal customer.

 

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Another favorite gas and service station of ours on Cottage Grove Road is Wayne’s Automotive, no ethanol there either! Family owned since 1980, they offer both self-service and full service at one pump.

Wayne's Automotive

Across the street from here is Chief’s Tavern and VFW Post 7591. Great Fish Fry here on Friday nights!

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The Silver Eagle Bar and Grill is also a great place to eat in Monona. You get a free birthday mug too. Great food and fun atmosphere, especially during Packer games!

Silver Eagle Bar and Grill in Monona

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Are you tired of throwing away broken appliances? Kiefer’s Shaver and Appliance may be able to fix it for you, keeping it out of the landfill.

Kiefer's Shaver and Appliance in Monona

We soon see the Monona Golf Course.

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Monona Golf Course pond

Also the Nathaniel Dean House. We enjoyed a tour here in 2014 and 2015. This is a new photo of the building, it now has this great sign in front of it, dedicated on October 9, 2016. Great things at happening at the Dean House! Learn more at the Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society website.  They welcome new members too!

 

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It has a two-sided marker sign too, seen edge-on in the photo above.

Dean House sign

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Monona is serious about preserving it’s history. The Monona Landmarks Commission has compiled a list of Monona historic sites and we still have many left to see.

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Monona has many beautiful parks, quite a few of them are lakeside.

One of them is Stonebridge Park to see the historic Springhaven Pagoda.  It is over a century old and may be undergoing restoration soon.

Stonebridge park

The plaque.

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And the pagoda. Let’s hope this park becomes a major gathering place again, especially for making lemonade on a hot summer day.

Springhaven Pagoda in Park

We have also been to  Schluter Park, also lakeside. It has a beach and gazebo too.

Schluter park in Monona

Schluter Park in Monona

Frost Woods Beach is beautiful too.

Frost Woods Beach sign

Frost Woods Beach in Monona

Next we turn right off of Monona Drive onto Nichols Drive. We first see the Monona City Hall.

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It is also home to  WVMO, the Voice of Monona on 98.7 FM.  It is a LP (low power) radio station that went on the air in August 2015 that also streams. Give them a listen!

On the left is the Monona Public Library, showing off a futuristic look befitting the 21st century.

Monona Public Library

Monona Public Library close up

At the end of Nichols is Winnequah Park, peaceful in the winter.

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On the right is the Monona Community Center with plenty of activities and events. The Senior Center is also here.

Monona Community Center

Monona Transit can take you to many points in Monona and Madison.

As you can tell, there is plenty going on in Monona. We hope to explore this beautiful community more this year. Glad we are so close by!

Monona Water Tower