Enjoying snippets of Janesville
If your parents or some other relatives came to Janesville for a few days, what would you show them? Where would you take them?
My wife, Cheryl, and I took my mom to the Janesville Farmers Market downtown on Saturday. The market is winding down and will mark its last day this coming Saturday.
However, we enjoyed stopping to visit friends and a few of my co-workers while picking out produce, baked goods, Kettle Corn and a hefty, round pumpkin to carve. Cheryl bought some crafts, and we also bought cheese curds from a vendor but were disappointed that the booth selling that award-winning Havarti cheese from Brodhead’s Decatur Dairy was absent.
With two antique tractors on display, I wished Dad hadn’t taken a pass on the outing; he would have enjoyed examining and explaining them.
We then spent time browsing K&W Greenery before heading back to pick up Dad for a trip to Rotary Botanical Gardens. Dad, who struggles to walk, made it around about half the gardens before returning to the visitors center. Despite it being past flower season, there’s still plenty to observe at the gardens.
Dad couldn’t imagine how mostly volunteer labor keeps the gardens in such good shape. I was glad to see inmates from the Rock County Education and Criminal Addictions Program tending to parts of the garden. One of them greeted us kindly as we passed. We enjoyed some faces on the dozens of jack-o-lanterns carved for the weekend’s Halloween walk. We could only assume that RECAP inmates had a hand in these, too, because instead of a face, one pumpkin had the letters “RECAP” carved in it.
It was sad, however, to see a few cans, bottles and even a Styrofoam food container littering the trout pond’s shallows near the gazebo. This trash reflects poorly on the gardens and on Janesville in general. Perhaps those tending the grounds can pick out the rubbish before the pond freezes over.
We should have a few shots of nice weather this week. Why not stop by for a pleasing autumn stroll at Rotary Gardens?