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|About||As if old sidewalks and buildings themselves could actually speak, these walks lend voices to old village features, and interpret their mute meanings.|
Gee whiz. Never noticed this opportunity, to write the MISSION for the Sidewalk Stories walks in Richmond. Ask a propagandist what is their mission, and you will never get a straight answer. Never. Even if it sounds, looks straight.
So. The mission of Sidewalk Stories walks in Richmond is... uhh...
A countercultural challenge, like.
Entertainment grounded in authenticity.
Comedy. Art. Theatre. Stress relief. Ennervation. Ramping up perceptions of quality of life in our own stomping grounds. Pulling back the curtain. Giving credit where credit is due. Seeing if it could be done. This could go on indefinitely, yeah?
Sometimes, people look around at an old town, and say "There are stories here, no doubt about it." But then, nobody is around to give voice to the stories from the past. Except for these "Sidewalk Stories." For two hours during a two mile walk, the stories that are "TOLD" by the old buildings and structures in Richmond, Illinois will be heard, out loud, clear as day. History that is hiding in plain sight will step out from behind the curtain, like, and give a little wink, take a little bow.
In simple terms, these are walking tours of historic features in a richly evocative little village. Emphasis: WALKING. On sidewalks and the old railroad trail, along the original BROAD WAY, and into a smidgeon of woodland floor.
Victorian houses - real beauties! - and some "early settlement" houses. Downtown stores both from before and after the "big fire" (in 1902). THE VIEW that convinced Richmond's first settler that "this is the place" and persuaded him to stake his claim, build his cabin. The marker stone of the first burial in 1839, which was on family ground, but became Richmond's cemetery. Schools, churches, water powered mills that are STILL STANDING 175 years later. A Depression-era "hobo highway." Stuff like that, but given voice, BROUGHT TO LIFE, like. Sidewalk Stories - Richmond!
ONE SATURDAY PER MONTH thru the 2017 warm season. Always 10:30-12:30. REMAINING DATES ARE July 1, August 26, September 16, October 14, and November 4.