We were so thrilled this year when we walked around Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and notices all the "Prancing Carousel" horses on display. Actually, there are 26 life-size horses who are accompanied by a carousel pole. They are placed throughout Lake Geneva at retail shops and lodgings. We found out, after the fact, that if you wish to have a complimentary map of all their locations with information about the artists, you just need to stop in area retailers or at the Lake Geneva Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
These are such colorful and unique horses that they seem to prance away as though on a wonderful carousel. These horses were the "brainchild" of SMILES [Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills, Inc.]. They bill it as a "summer long public art fest". This organization is a non-profit organization that has served the community for 25 years as a therapeutic riding center for children and adults with disabilities.
I read that in 2008, SMILES had a successful "parade of ponies"; thus, they decided to have more ponies this year. At the end of this summer, these wonderful sculptures will be auctioned off, and proceeds will benefit SMILES's yearly operational costs.
I'll tell you for sure that these Prancing Carousels certainly brought smiles to Mickey and I the whole time we were in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin!
1. Dee at Caribou Coffee Shop beside a beautiful SILVER Prancing Carousel
2. A colorful spotted Prancing Carousel in front of a store
3. An elegant Prancing Carousel on the Porch of a shoppe.
4. A 3-pony group in the yard in front of a shop.
As though Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, were not already breathtakingly beautiful,[the city or Chamber of Commerce or whoever is responsible] huge planters and hanging plants have been added all over the town.
All these flowers are of one color: pink. All of these flowers are the "Million Bells" variety. As one notes in the photograph, the large hanging baskets are lush and abundant. They are almost perfectly balanced. Besides these hanging baskets, there are also gigantic planters scattered around for "eye candy".
Mickey and discussed how they are able to keep them so perfect during the spring and summer season. We came to the conclusion that they must water at night [using a long, curved wand to reach the hanging baskets. They chose well because these flowers do not need "deadheading".
All I can say as a gardener myself is that I was so happy to see this added touch that makes Lake Geneva even more breathtaking.