Monument Square was the place to be ...
Was this Racine's best First Friday ever?
I'm declaring it so; feel free to argue with the designation in the comments. Just keep in mind these indisputable facts:
- The weather was perfect.
- There was a musician, or two or six every few hundred feet, down Main Street and up Sixth.
- Besides the usual attractions, there was a bone xylophone, a 1927 Nash.
- Mean Jake rocked Monument Square for hours, playing just two slow tunes all evening -- and one of those was offered simply to give the exhausted Mustang Sally dancers a breather.
- Did I mention cold ice cream and cold beer?
- Bustling bars, restaurants, art galleries and retail stores?
- Did I mention the hula dancer who gave impromptu lessons?
- Chris Duerkop with his purple mohawk?
There were more people crowding the sidewalks from Monument Square to State Street than I can remember. Stopping to listen to the music, peering into the stores, greeting friends. Buying stuff. Eating ice cream with the kids. Having a great time. In Racine. With no cover charge.
Don't take my word for it. But don't miss the next one, either.
Avis Davidson enticed (it wasn't hard!) Bill Potokar into a hula, sans shirt
Musicians in Transition, and that '27 Nash at the Racine Heritage Museum
Schoettler Saxophone Ensemble -- six of 'em at Crosswalk Park
Mean Jake had everyone dancing on Monument Square
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