That's all that really needs to be said for Downtown Racine's annual Party on the Pavement, which drew thousands of people to Main and Sixth streets Saturday to shop, eat, drink, play games and take part in dozens of other activities.
But our favorite part was just walking up and down the streets running into people we knew. Along the way we picked up a few interesting tips and took in some cool things. In no particular order ...
* Our favorite food of the day came from a small crepe stand near Uncorkt on Main Street. We ordered two tasty crepes (one with nutella and one raspberry) and talked briefly with the owner. He grew up in Paris and now lives in Milwaukee, where he runs his crepe food stand at local festivals and events. Here's the cool news: He's thinking about opening a restaurant in the former Red Onion cafe next door to Uncorkt.
* We saw Dave Blank, head of the Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who had some cool news for next summer. Jet-ski races are coming to Racine in June. The professional circuit features racers going 60 mph around a water oval and also maneuvering through a figure-eight course. It's a great get for Racine, because the races draw between 20,000 and 120,000 people at other events. There's a few more big announcements coming out about the triathlon and other events ... things are going well on drawing people into the city.
* The new Gary's Music on Sixth Street looks great. When we walked in we asked the employees how long they'd been there. "About 4 hours," was the response. The new store just opened Saturday.
* We heard some bad news on Sixth Street. Blueberries, the nice little breakfast place in the former Century Market Building, isn't reopening. They had a big rummage sale Saturday to sell off a bunch of stuff. Also, a main stay of Sixth Street is close to shutting down, we're told. We'll leave out names, for now, but it just seems the business never really took off.
* There was a lot of good news on Sixth Street. First, the street is done and looks terrific. There's a little more work to do on the brick sidewalks, but otherwise the street is all but reopened. That's spurred some interest in vacant storefronts, we're told. Three new bars or restaurants are looking at opening on the west end of the street.
* One that's definitely opening is the Raytown Roadhouse, which drew crowds Saturday by running its mechanical bull. We got a tour of the country-themed saloon, restaurant and music hall. It's an impressive undertaking and the owners are hoping for a big draw right out of the gate. They're planning to open Friday with a grand opening on Oct. 17.
* Keith Fair's Tango Bar is up and running on Sixth Street. It looked packed Saturday.
* Denise Zingg, founder and director of the Spectrum Art Gallery at the DeKoven Center, had a booth on Sixth Street. Spectrum's 30th anniversary is coming up this June, and that's due entirely to Zingg's hard work and talent over the last three decades. She's done an amazing job.
* Alderman Jeff Coe was in good spirits sitting in a dunk tank on Sixth Street. On such a cold day, we hope that was warm water in the tank.
* And some odds & ends: The Over Our Head Players are planning a dinner theater show this fall. We're getting details for this first-time event. ... The Red Onion had something called the "six degrees of bacon," which was basically bacon on everything ... Mary at Copacetic had a nice selection of winter hats out, so stop by for your seasonal headwear needs ... The Katie Todd Band sounded great on the Monument Square stage.