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Hot Trends: Holiday Lights on University

Holiday lights are a Hot Trend this time of year.

In this week's Hot Trends, Christine Bellport introduces us to the man behind the Holiday tree lights on University Avenue.

Dr. Jack Kammer grew up in Madison and he says long after he is gone, he would like to leave a legacy for all to enjoy during this wonderful time of year.

You see them driving on University Avenue at night...for the last 15 years, in fact.

Dr. Kammer owns the property behind the train tracks and needed to put up a barrier there.

"Instead of putting up and ugly fence, I thought I would look around and get some arbor trees and we were fortunate enough to find them from a Christmas Tree company up in Eau Claire," says Dr. Kammer.

There are 228 trees. And they are a Madison favorite. Even the lighting fits in with Madison's love of the environment.

"We were the first ones to bring this kind of led lights into Madison and started a trend."

A trend that has become so popular...they have to put the lights up earlier now.

"We got a lot of complaints from people who have kids that come home for Thanksgiving and they can't see them so we now put them up on about a week before Thanksgiving.... "

He wrote a book called: The Story of the University Avenue Holiday Lights. It sells for 20 dollars and all the money goes back into the fund to keep these trees lit for years to come.

It costs about 10-thousand dollars a year to keep the trees lit. You can buy the book at UW Bookstores at Hilldale or State Street. For more information about how to contribute to the tree fund, click on news links.


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