Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

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Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Bwis53 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:12 pm

Don't know if they turned them on Friday or Saturday. University Ave and University Bay Drive. Fun! They still remind me of movie candy.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:55 pm

Yep; my wife and I have called them the Gumdrops since the first time we saw them.

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Kammer's Christmas Lights Are Right On

Postby Marvell » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:51 pm

I have this friend - what I like about her is that she's even more alienated from society than I am. No matter how cynical I get about modern life - and believe me, I am cynical about modern life - she's always got an even darker take on it.

Saturday night we're driving back into Madison, coming down University Ave. My pal looks out and sees the Kammer's Christmas lights.

"They're beautiful," she whispered dreamily. "I've always loved them."

So there's that.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are Right On

Postby cxl01 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:08 am

Marvell wrote:I have this friend - what I like about her is that she's even more alienated from society than I am. No matter how cynical I get about modern life - and believe me, I am cynical about modern life - she's always got an even darker take on it.

Saturday night we're driving back into Madison, coming down University Ave. My pal looks out and sees the Kammer's Christmas lights.

"They're beautiful," she whispered dreamily. "I've always loved them."

So there's that.

"Atta boy, Clarence."
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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:28 am

I reviewed Kammer's book about the lights some years back. He seems like a nice man.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Bwis53 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:16 am

It's fun that the trees were there for some time before Kammer decided to decorate them. It's not like a big blow out display. They're just candy Dots. The whole thing has grown into a Madison homegrown fun tradition (carrying on what Dr.Kammer started). I saw the group decorating a few weeks ago and I thought it was sweet.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:53 am

Kenneth Burns wrote:I reviewed Kammer's book about the lights some years back. He seems like a nice man.

Seemed. He passed away a few months back.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:06 am

Oh no! Requiescat in pace.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby persia » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:18 am

Part of the cost is being covered by the village of Shorewood Hills. It's become part of the identity of the village now.

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:09 pm

Bwis53 wrote:It's fun that the trees were there for some time before Kammer decided to decorate them.

Kammer was the one who planted them. He waited until they were fully-grown before decorating them. It was a remarkable timeline of patience and dedication.

And despite our fandom of Kammer and his trees, we (wife and I) both missed his passing back in May. He had a good run.
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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Crockett » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:10 pm

Tax deductible donations for the lights can be made to:

Shorewood Hills Foundation-Tree
M&I Bank
401 N. Segoe Road
Madison WI 53705

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 03286.html

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Re: Kammer's Christmas Lights Are On

Postby Crockett » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:15 pm

I was in La Crosse recently and the lights were the first thing out of an acquittance's mouth when I mentioned I was from Madison.


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