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The lamp walk

Posted October 21, 2011 11:01 a.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2011 11:02 a.m. EDT

You may remember Mary Jo Stephenson's lamps from last year's Fair. In 2010 you could find them, but they were way in the back of the garden area, put very close together.

This year they're a more integrated into the garden area, set up along a path which is called a "garden walk" but which I'd call a "lamp walk."

The lamps are repurposed as birdfeeders. They're bright and gorgeous in the sunshine, vibrant against the more muted colors of pine and brick.

That doesn't mean that there's no reason to go to the back of the garden area, over the bridge, and up the hill! There are still exhibits up in that area, peaceful gazebos for a few minutes' contemplation (with or without funnel cake), scarecrows, and flamingos. And, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Barrel Monster.

The garden area remains one of my favorite places of the Fair. There's plenty of unexpected exhibits (bonsai! Bird rescue!), plenty of greenery, and plenty of quiet.