Walk or Snowshoe to the Christmas Tree Art on Lake Monona

  • February 15, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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Okay, this I've got to see. We'll meet at Morrison Park, 1451 Morrison Street, on the east side of Madison. Just click on the location above and you'll see the location. I'll send you my cell phone number just prior to the event just in case you can't find us.  

We'll walk/snowshoe to the installation. It's about a 3/4 mile hike to get there. Of course, the terrain is flat and snow covered. You may want to wear snow shoes or tracks on your boots to help with traction, but I'm sure that boots will be fine. 

The article in the paper said, "Called “Entrances and Exits,” it’s dedicated to their friend Julie Vogt, a former UW-Madison graduate student and teacher in theater they described as colorful, energetic and unforgettable.

Up close, you see the unusual sight for what it is: a public art exhibit with an arctic feel, where well-bundled visitors are invited to decorate the trees with multi-colored ribbons carrying personal handwritten messages.

“Letting go of my disappointment in a friend,” reads one. “Almost a year of marriage and worth every moment,” reads another. And another: “Our friend Peter died today. May he and we be at peace.” And another: “I want to face my fear of dogs.”

“It clearly means different things to different people,” said Tom Hecht, who lives blocks from the lake and walks out to the exhibit daily with his English Cocker Spaniel, Koko. He encounters other people and their dogs in addition to a variety of outdoor explorers on snowshoes, cross-country skis and running kicks. The state Capitol dome and smokestacks stand out amid the Downtown cityscape in the distance.

Hundreds of the ribbons — white, red, yellow, rainbow — blow in the wind hanging from the approximately 70 trees, which start on either end with four-foot shorties and ladder up to 8-foot monsters in the middle of the S. They’re evergreen leftovers from people’s living rooms, standing on the barren landscape since early January and set to return to shore later this month."

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/christmas-trees-an-arty-oasis-on-icy-lake-monona/article_28c8e359-f4e0-5da0-bd73-5223d00d3028.html#ixzz2t4yti0y3






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  • Judy

    Was this the 100th Meetup for this group? Should everyone who went be entered in a drawing to win a fancy prize? Or maybe not.

    February 17, 2014

    • Diane S.

      I believe it was the 100th meet up. Wow. We've been a busy group! Congrats to us.

      February 17, 2014

    • Carol C.

      I caught a cold Sunday I would be glad to raffle off.It was a nice walk and good conversation.

      February 18, 2014

  • Diane S.

    We had a nice time. Thank you Judy for helping me with my bike.

    February 15, 2014

    • Judy

      No problem. Glad to help.

      1 · February 15, 2014

  • Lori B.

    Have fun women! My back is messed up and I can't make it.

    February 15, 2014

  • Kris

    Have fun. I can't make today, but I'm seeing warmer weather in the forecast so hopefully something soon.

    February 15, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I am really going to try and make this. Can I bring my foster dog?

    February 15, 2014

  • Lori B.

    I walked out there today just to see how long it would take and I did it about 10 minutes.

    February 14, 2014

  • Cid

    Thank You for the Invite. Hopefully next year I can do this.

    February 14, 2014

  • Kris

    Is this Saturday? It states Sunday on FB. I think Sunday is supposed to be warmer.

    February 14, 2014

    • Diane S.

      No, it's Saturday... I'll correct on Facebook.

      February 14, 2014

  • Carol C.

    The tree art is about 3/4 mile from shore so we will get some exercise. It must have been quite a project getting them out there

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Lori B.

    thanks Diane, I'll let Penny, my friend know. I'm guessing we'll still get quite a walk in.

    February 13, 2014

  • Lori B.

    I agree with Carol and I know that park there should be no problem parking on the street. Can we make this official Diane, as I need to let me friend know who is not in the meetup group?

    February 13, 2014

    • Diane S.

      The meeting start has been changed to Morrison Park.

      February 13, 2014

  • Carol C.

    We may want to start a little closer at Morrison Park. 1441 Morrison. That's at the corner of Morrison and Rogers (a couple blocks behind Marquette School). Not real familiar w/ the neighborhood so don't know what parking would be like but I think the hike from Yahara might be quite a hike.

    February 13, 2014

    • Diane S.

      What does quite a hike mean? I'd be up for some walking.

      February 13, 2014

  • Lori B.

    It appears to me from walking in Yahara Park to be further towards the capitol but I'm not a good judge of distance and don't know of any better (closer)place to meet.

    February 12, 2014

  • Lori B.

    Diane,
    I'm so glad you posted this because a friend I know through the YMCA and I have been speculating about these trees for awhile, so I'll invite her to come along.

    February 12, 2014

    • Diane S.

      So, I have the right location?

      February 12, 2014

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