Friday, June 27, 2014

Seven Days, Seven Bands-- Part 4: Wednesday: Woodstock, Illinois

June 25th, Wednesday.

Drove to McHenry for some shopping and had quite a deluge of rain while in Meijer's.  I couldn't help but wonder if this was going to be a repeat of the Saturday Jewel meat locker tornado warning, but it wasn't.

Fortunately, it was just about 15 minutes and the sun came out immediately after, so continued on to Woodstock for the band concert out at the gazebo.

I parked in the 1840s town square and then walked over to the Mexican restaurant and had a taco dinner.  This restaurant was the site of the Tip-Top Cafe so prominently featured in the movie "Groundhog Day" where Bill Murray stuffed his face and showed Andie McDowell how well he knew townfolk, "Hey morons, your bus is leaving."  "I'm not THE God, but one of them."

June is Dairy Month and the Farm Bureau had an ice cream social provided by Dean's.  Free ice cream, cheese and milk at the Spring House.  The grass was a bit wet, but I had my folding chair so got a nice spot close to the gazebo (also in the movie where Murray walked by it on his way to Gobbler's Knob which was also filmed on the Square.  This is also where he danced with Andie to that great Ray Charles song.

Waiting for the Woodstock City Band to start, I could see the under-construction cupola of the 1850s courthouse with all the scaffolding, the tower of the opera House (where Andie stayed as the Pennsylvanian Hotel and where Murray tried to commit suicide by falling out of the tower).

What troubled me the most was that I was under the gaze of a Yankee soldier up there on the top of the Civil War Memorial, and me a son-of-the-south.  This was where "Groundhog Day's" snowball fight took place when Murray was trying to woo Andie.

And Then, the Band.  --RoadDog

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