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|Cafe in the Park Signals a Start to Summer
|Wednesday marked the 18th beginning to Galesburg's Cafe in the Park-- a fifteen week collection of the city's finest spreads, area music, and community enjoyment.
Park Plaza was booming during the lunch hour Wednesday with the sounds of A&W Quartet and the fumes from Coney Island.
Bill Morris is Vice President for the Galesburg Business Association, the group responsible for planning the weekly summer festival. He tells WGIL the member restaurants drive the event's success, but also the bands.
"We give a $75-dollar donation," Morris said. "We've had full bands come in and play for only $75-dollars. and then the next year they're calling me, going 'when can we play again.'"
"So it's people who come together in the community, in order to provide a nice event in downtown Galesburg in the middle of the week. It gets us through hump day."
Each week there's also two drawings from a money wheel. Participants who enter the raffle and win a chance to spin the wheel could earn either cash or an assortment of gift certificates.
Galesburg teacher Jeff Anderson rode his bike with friends up to the event. He says he likes the sense of community attached to Cafe at the Park.
"I think anything that bring people out and provide people an opportunity to be involved in the community is a positive," Anderson said.
It won't be the first time he'll be out this year on a Wednesday at Park Plaza.
"I try and come up as much as I can. I'm a teacher, so summers are free. It's kind of nice to be able to have that opportunity to hang out up here and enjoy what's going on."
Park Plaza has undergone some renovations too. The electrical system has been improved, the decking has been re-painted, and the brick work has been re-paired also. Morris says there's even more surprises to come.
(GBA Vice President Bill Morris draws a raffle ticket for the 12:15pm Wheel Spin drawing Wednesday).
(A&W Quartet performs).
(Coney Island provided the food Wednesday; WGIL Photos and News Story by Kyle Schassburger).
|05 31 12 by Newsroom
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