"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 :)
This is the first of four festivals produced every year by the Marquette Neighborhood Association. This one is located at Yahara Place Park along the Yahara River and Lake Monona in Madison. It’s the neighborhood’s first summer festival packed full of entertainment for all ages.
This is last year (couldn’t make it this year). It was Saturday afternoon, this is the scene. It was 4:30, great Cajun music was to begin at 5:00
De Temps Antan from Quebec were up next. Their music sure got the crowd out of their chairs and dancing!
You can even get a t-shirt of the festival, a different design every year.
There is something for everyone here, A great way to begin the summer in Madison, especially if you love live music.
There is another part to this huge marshland, the South Unit. It is in the process of being restored to its former state before human interference. The marsh filters the water before it spills into the Yahara River and in turn Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. They are known as the Madison“Chain of Lakes”.
The terrain is different here, and there is a boat landing also. The map shows several nice trails. I just explored a small area today near the boat launch. There were animals and plants I didn’t see at the north unit, including a beautiful Sandhill Crane.
An enjoyable visit, I be back again for another visit.
I found I had neglected exploring a natural area less than two miles from home, Cherokee Marsh Park, North Unit. I have lived in this area for seven years but overlooked it. Not anymore, I see great potential for fall colors here. Follow me on my hike, here is a map.
Some parts of the path are on metal walkway just above the water of the marsh, I never got wet. The path also has two observation platforms. This is the first one. There were many wildflowers too.