Sunday, February 1, 2015

Blog Entries on a Sunday?

That usually doesn't happen, but because of the snowstorm today, we are staying at home.  We have had probably 12 inches already.  (It was 6-9 inches when I went out and used the snowblower about 10:30 a,m..)  It is being referred to as a blizzard.

As if the snow wasn't bad enough, we are having 20-30 mph winds so it is coming at us from the east nearly horizontally.

We had a room at Donovan's in Twin Lakes for the Super Bowl game and had to cancel it as well.  It is just not worth driving.

So, There's a Reason for My Typing Today.  --RoadDog

Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois: Sonrise Donuts

Same source as earlier entry.

Photo of famous sign by the author.  I never caught the words "Famous For" on the sign.

"Sonrise Donuts and Coffee Bar opened on South Grand Avenue in the 1940s by Mr. Figura.  It was said to be the first donut place in Springfield to also offer a coffee bar.  Don Greenslade was an employee, and when Figura moved Sonrise to 1101 South Ninth Street, Greenslade went along, eventually buying the business.

"After Greenslade died, Bob Carter purchased the business and building.  It now houses Gibby's Orbits, featuring donuts and a dinner menu."

I love that sign and am glad it is left up even though the name of the place is different.  I wonder if it works.  The place is often out of business so anytime he catch it open, stop in for a bit of Route 66 history.  We were lucky enough to get to eat breakfast there once.


Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois: TraveLodge Motel and Toddle House Restaurant

From the "Route 66 in Springfield" Arcadia book by Cheryl Eichar Jett.

Photo of the TraveLodge and Toddle House Restaurant.

"The TraveLodge Motel and Toddle House Restaurant was located at 500 South Ninth Street close to the Abraham Lincoln Home and other attractions.

"The TraveLodge brand was founded by Scott King in 1939 in Southern California and advertised itself as a budget motel chain.

"The South Ninth Street was eventually demolished; a newer TraveLodge is now located on South Street."

The new TraveLodge was built in the 60s-early 70s and still stands, though now is called The Lodge.  We often stay here when we are not at the Route 66 Hotel a short distance away.  Some of the best prices in the Springfield area and with its fun South Side Pub and restaurant serving some great food.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Busy Day at Woodstock's Groundhog Days Festival Today-- Part 2

Noon--  Chili cook off at the Woodstock Opera House (Hotel Pennsylvanian in the movie)

1 p.m.--  Rotary Club Bags Tournament at Ortman's Red Iron Tavern.

2 p.m.--  Walking tour of movie sites led by Bob Hudgins who was location manager for the movie and a big reason why it was filmed in Woodstock.

After the tout, there will be "Groundhog Day" movie trivia back at the Opera House.

5:30-11 p.m.--  District 200 Education Fund Benefit at Donley's Banquet Hall in Union, Illinois.


10 a.m.--  Movie shown again.

12:30 p.m.--  Walking tour


7:07 a.m.--  Prognostication by our very own groundhog, Woodstock Willie at the gazebo in Woodstock Square featured in the movie, complete with polka band.

After ceremony--  The "Official" Groundhog Day" breakfast at teh Moose Lodge.  See how much food you can stuff into your mouth like Bill did at the Tip-Top Cafe.  Polka band performs as well.

Sure to Be a Great Time.  --RoadDog

Busy Day at Woodstock's Groundhog Days Festival Today-- Part 1

In a short time I am going to drive the 18 miles to Woodstock, Illinois, and enjoy that fun time.  I missed it last year because of that horrible winter.  Just like in the movie, though, we have a major snow storm headed our way starting tonight and going through most of tomorrow with 6-12 inches predicted and blowing snow.

Of course, a few years back we had the "Groundhog Day Blizzard which dumped about 20 inches on us.

Woodstock was where the famous "Groundhog Day" movie was mostly filmed and every year since the town has had this festival.  I go most years.

Last night they had the Groundhog Day Dance at the Moose Lodge in Woodstock where the movie dance and bachelor auction was filmed.

Today is the main day of activities.  All of these will take place in or around the famed Woodstock Square which was Gobbler's Knob in the movie.

10 a.m.--  The Movie "Groundhog Day" will be shown at the Woodstock Theatre which became the Alpine Theater in the movie.  It's free.

10 a.m.--  Famed storyteller Jim May will present Groundhog Tales at the Home State Bank.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Answers to the Baseball in North Carolina Quiz

From the previous three posts.

1.  A

2.  C

3.  B

4.  A

5.  A

6.  C

7.  B

8.  C

9.  A


Baseball in the Tarheel State-- Part 3

7.  Major league pitcher James Hunter, a Hertford native, played for the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees from 1965 to 1979.  Hunter was known by what nickname?

A.  Jimbo
B.  Catfish
C.  Possum

8.  Hickory's minor league team plays its home games at L.P. Frans Stadium.  What is the name of the team's mascot?

A.  Grasshopper
B.  Bull
C.  Crawdad

9.  The Durham Bulls played their first professional baseball game on April 24, 1913.  In 1988, the team played a role in what movie?

A.  Bull Durham
B.  Field of Dreams
C.  The Sandlot

Answers in the next post.

I Was 9 for 9.  --RoadDog

Baseball in the Tarheel State-- Part 2

I actually got them all right although I was doing a lot of guessing except on questions 7 and 9.  Usually, I took other stuff that I knew and applied it to get the answers.

4.  The North Carolina Baseball Museum has hundreds of artifacts exploring the history of baseball in the state.  It is located in historic Fleming in what city?

A.  Wilson
B.  Rockingham
C.  Dunn

5.  A native of Person County, Enos Slaughter played in five World Series during his professional baseball career.  A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Slaughter was known by what nickname?

A.  Country
B.  Cowboy
C.  Chief

6.  Walter "Buck" Leonard, a Rocky Mount native, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.  Because of segregation, Leonard played in what league?

A.  Black Baseball League
B.  American Athletic League
C.  Negro League

Well, I Also Knew #4.  --RoadDog

Baseball in the Tarheel State-- Part 1

From the July 2013 Our State Magazine "Baseball Season" by Allan Hodge.

Even though the state has no Major League Baseball teams, it has a long history with the sport.  Here is a quiz.  Answers on two blog entries from now:

1.  Captured Union soldiers in North Carolina played baseball as early as 1862.  What town in Rowan County was the site of a large prisoner of war camp where the inmates rounded the bases (but were not allowed to run for home)?

A.  Salisbury
B.  High Point
C.  Concord

2.  In 1867, a baseball team was formed at the University of North Carolina.  In the team's first recorded game, the Tar Heels beat an all-star team from what nearby city?

A.  Greensboro
B.  Tarboro
C.  Raleigh

3.  What famous professional baseball player hit his first home run during an exhibition game in Fayetteville in 1914?

A.  Jackie Robinson
B.  Babe Ruth
C.  Chipper Jones

How Ya Doin'?  --RoadDog

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015 Kicks Off in Woodstock, Illinois

This has been a yearly event here at where the famous movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed as it stepped in for the more famous Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Always a great time without the crowds in Pennsylvania.

It kicks off today with the annual Awakening of the Groundhog at the Woodstock Opera House (Hotel Pennsylvanian in the movie where the other two stayed and where the slapping scene was filmed and where Bill Murray jumped out of the belfry.

Afterwards, Woodstock Willie will pose for pictures and then there will be a "Groundhog Day" movie trivia activity next door in the Stage Left Canteen.

Always a Good Time.  --RoadDog

Seeing Japanese Gardens-- Part 4: Arkansas and Chicago

GARDEN OF THE PINE WIND:  Part of the University of Arkansas' Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, it is a 4-acre garden designed by David Slawson, who used regional landscapes and the ravines on the site as his inspiration.

Among the highlights are three cascades, a waterfall, two springs, four pools and a half-acre koi pond.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN:  Glencoe (suburb):  The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden is a 17-acre garden that was dedicated in 1982 and is designed in the kaiyu-shiki-teien (or stroll) style, intended to be viewed while walking.  The garden was designed by Koichi  Kawana.

Let's get Peaceful.  --RoadDog

Seeing Japanese Gardens-- Part 3" Portland and Philadelphia

PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN:  Portland, Oregon: The 5.5 acre formal garden features five garden styles: The Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden and Sand and Stone Garden.  It was designed by Takuma Tono.

SHOFUSO JAPANESE HOUSE AND GARDEN:  Philadelphia: Shofuso, a traditional-style Japanese house was built in 1953 and brought to Philadelphia in 1958.  There are three types of gardens on the 1.2-acre site.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seeing Japanese Gardens-- Part 2: Top One in U.S. in Rockford, Illinois

If you're thinking of having your own Japanese garden, you probably would be best to visit some first.

Here are some top Japanese gardens in the United States:

1.  ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS, Rockford: Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by Sukiya Living magazine in 2014, the gardens on 12 acres were started in 1978.  Their development has been under the guidance of noted designer Hoichi Kurisu.

Rockford is only about an hour from my house and yet I have never been there.  Guess I'll have to fix that this summer.


Seeing Japanese Gardens-- Part 1: Asymmetrical, Not Symmetrical

From the Dec. 21, 2014, Chicago Tribune "re-creating the Japanese garden" by William Hageman.

Japanese gardens have been here for nearly 150 years, yet many Americans know very little about them.  The first one was introduced in the United States in 1876 at the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia.

A Japanese garden follows the dictates of nature  "The Japanese garden is based on natural patterns, rock formations, the way plants grow naturally, the way water moves naturally through a stream valley, the shape of the land," according to Tim Gruner of the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.

They tend to be asymmetrical, whereas Western ones are often symmetrical and geometrical.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eagle Watching 2015: 13 Bald Eagles Seen

We returned from a four day trip out to Iowa and Wisconsin to see bald eagles on Saturday.  We stopped at Galena, Illinois, to eat at The Log Cabin steakhouse on Main Street (we've been going there since our honeymoon in 1973) and spent Wednesday night, Jan. 21st, in Dubuque, Iowa.

The 22nd was our best day for seeing eagles: three at the Dubuque Lock and Dam, two at the Guttenberg, Iowa, Lock and Dam, two in a field and the two Decorah bald eagles (featured on the eagle cam over the internet) in Iowa.

We saw another four bald eagles in a field in Wisconsin near Monroe on our way back home on Saturday.

Total for the Trip, 13 bald eagles.

Saw Ya!!  --RoadDog