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Carbondale Street Dance another success

Skip Bell

Dear Editor,Sunday, Sept. 8, marked the tenth (I think) Street Dance to be held on Main Street in historic, downtown Carbondale. It was a wonderful day, with high clouds and perfect temperatures. Fortunately we have never had to postpone or cancel the event due to inclement weather.The day started with Cheryl-Lynn from KDNK setting up her sound machine and broadcasting some great afternoon Rock & Roll. As folks started arriving about three o’clock they were treated to the attentions of “Buttons the Clown” who spent the next few hours applying face paint to one and all and tying balloon animals for the kids.By that time, the barbecued beef sandwiches and corn on the cob were being dished out by the town staff and a few other hardy volunteers. The Pepsi-Cola wagon provided beverages, and the party was on.The Rock Dogs arrived about 3 p.m. and started banging out their special brand of Rock and Roll for the dancers and listeners in the crowd until about 9 p.m. so the neighbors could get some sleep. T-Ray Becker was even coaxed to make a brief appearance.All-in-all it was a great day. Neighbors came and went and visited with one another and the bevy of strangers who showed up. Kids rode their skateboards, bikes and anything else that had wheels. They danced with other kids or by themselves; freestyle all the way.I’d like to take a few lines to thank those who helped make the day a success. Thanks to Bill Rice and John Martin for the use of the “stage.” Kevin Keegan of Affordable Portable Services once again provided the relief cabins. Pepsi Cola provided the use of the Pepsi Wagon. Thanks Cheryl-Lynn and KDNK for the afternoon sounds. BFI provided trash relief and absolutely nothing could have happened without the able help of Larry and Smiley and the Public Works crew. You guys are the best. Last, but by no means least, a great big round of applause for Gene and Stephanie Schilling and the town staff and town council members who showed up to serve food and drinks to the hungry revelers. Gene was also in charge of the corn-shuckers who, by the way, managed to shuck twenty-five cases of corn in just about an hour. Way to go.I’d be remiss if I did not express my appreciation to the best kitchen staff a guy could have. Chris, Jesus, Jaimie, Guillermina and all the rest cooked and carved and simmered so that this would be the best street dance barbecue ever. I think they nailed it.Thanks also to everyone who came out and had a good time. We can’t do it without you. Skip BellCarbondale


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