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Monday, June 12, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  


Yesterday, my friend Di and I went up to the annual Andersonville Midsommarfest for a little twist and shout…

We walked and walked the blocks looking for Festival love in all the boothes – but NAY! Gone were the more enterprising artisans and bling pushers – in their place were real estate mongers, chiropracters, and cheap cheap jewlery. All that was missing were the 6-packs of Tube Sox…

The only really Original Guy I saw was the Man who, for a fee, engraved your very own name on a Grain of Rice!

It brought to mind the button you see above – a souvenir of my very first street fair in Chicago a million years ago – my head on a pigeon body, drawn by none other than Gary Whitney.

Mr. Whitney & a fellow named Jay Lynch were wacky underground comic artists of note from the 80’s – I feel Immortal! NOW that’s what a good Street Fair should do for ya…

7 responses to “Monday, June 12, 2006”

  1. Karen B. says:

    What a wonderfully unique piece of memorabilia!

  2. Angela says:

    De-lurking to agree with you. Thank you for speaking out about the scourge that is the Chicago Street Fair!!! I am an 11-year resident of Andersonville (I live one block from Clark Street) and while I have never really thought that it was anything but an excuse for drinking beer and walking your dog in the middle of the street, I thought this year’s Midsommarfest was really awful. (I usually try to avoid it, but I went up to Clark St. to meet a friend for lunch and her kids wanted to go. In the end, they didn’t enjoy it either–a good time had by none!) The irony is that I got an email from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce claiming that there would be more artists and artisans than ever before. Huh? Importers and resellers of silver jewelry do not qualify as artisans in my book…(Well, that was a rant, wasn’t it?!)

  3. Leah says:


    I have my name on a grain of rice. I’ll have to take a pic and post it on my blog. We could start a ring!

    Funnest or funniest name/photo/caricature you have collected over the years!

  4. Chris says:

    I love the button! Heh, yeah, for some reason when I think street fair, I sure don’t think real estate…

  5. Cinnamon says:

    The costs for renting a booth at these fairs has increased so much that its hard to justify paying it. I’d originally thought about it when I first started my business, but the idea of paying $500 or more to sit on the street for 2 days from 10 am to 10pm and then have to tear everything down just to set it up again didn’t seem like a profitable way to spend a weekend. Now that there are more alternative craft fairs where you won’t get the beer-swilling turkey leg eating crowd for far less, I think the street fair folks are losing crafters and artisans.

  6. carrie m says:

    it’s adorable but — a pigeon? i despise those filthy birds! they frequently mistake my AC for a toilet. i see you more as a peacock or cardinal. but i’m missing the point, i know.

  7. Bonne Marie says:

    Yeah! I’d love to be a pretty Red Cardinal…

    Back in the day, Gary Whitney and Jay Lynch had an underground Comix strip called “Phoebe & the Pigeon People”

    Phoebe was a Bag Lady – lot of the pigeons were Yuppies and she fed them crumbs –

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