When I arrived at the Wadsworth Saturday around 10:30 AM, I was surprised at the line to get into the parking lot and even more surprised when they waved most of it away because the lot was full. Now what?
After driving around for more time than I usually have patience for (damn one way streets) I settled on a lot about a quarter mile away and hiked over. The place was mobbed. Apparently on the second Saturday of the month, admission to the Wadsworth is free from 10-1 and they offer all sorts of activities for families and kids.
Although I was aware of the freebie, I underestimated the popularity. Those who know me are probably wondering why I didn't go on another day and offer to pay double admission just to avoid the kids. Well, Sunday was the last day for the trees and I had other plans. If I make it next year I will definitely go on a weeknight.
A view of the Capitol building from Main Street. Parking on the street was also not an option.
A line forms at the main entrance. Free admittance to the Festival of Trees!
The Festival of Trees is a charitable event to benefit the Wadsworth. Fully decorated trees along with all sorts of other Christmas decorations are donated by groups, corporations and individuals. For about ten days they are on display. During that time they can be puchased for a set price and picked up after the exhibit ends.
Whatever your style. unless you're a purist who bans everything but fresh greens from your holiday decorating, there could be something at the Festival of Trees for you.
White and silver trees-not a fan but they are striking
This elaborate tree topper caught my eye
Sorry Channel 3 but I'm an NBC 30 fan
OK so I'm a sucker for beach decor
No museum visit would be complete without a naked statue picture
Sophomoric yes, but I couldn't resist
An attempt at a self portrait
Mostly to escape the maddening crowd but also because I was curious, I did venture into other parts of the Wadsworth. This portrait of Jackie O drew me in to this modern art gallery from the hallway.
Throughout the museum there is no shortage of interesting windows.
And equally interesting views from the windows. At least to me.
If I'd paid more attention I would have a clue why these women are so ticked off.
Sarcasm aside, I do recommend a trip to the Wadsworth during the Festival of Trees. If you have kids go on the second Saturday in December. One of the main reasons I was motivated to go this year is I agreed to do some guest photography for Jack at Hartford Daily Photo. Jack did use one of my Wadsworth photos on his blog on Monday. Hopefully as winter progresses I'll be able to come up with a few more photos Jack can use.