Basilica Block Party

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Basilica of Saint Mary
On another great sunny summer day in Minnesota, I went to check out the last day of the Basilica Block Party at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. The main acts took place the two nights before, but there were several popular local acts that performed today. The benefit of going today was that admission was free unlike Friday and Saturday which cost $40 for a single night and then you still had to buy tickets for food and beverages. Sunday was free because the basilica was fenced off for the previous nights, but was opened up today so they could allow the Sunday parishioners to attend mass. Today's acts were not as well known, at least not nationally, but they were still very entertaining. The groups I saw perform all over the Twin Cities throughout the year. I caught the very end of the "Oakee Dokee Brothers". Too bad they because they sounded pretty fun. I'll have to try to catch them another time. Next up was a youth a Capella Christian group called "4Given".
Basilica of Saint Mary
4Given was only on stage for about 15 minutes, so it was quickly on to the next act, the very popular "Rince na Chiroi Irish Dancers". After the Irish dancers, I decided to walk over to the Sculpture Garden and check to see if the cherry had been returned to the "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture from its winter maintenance painting. It was, so I took several more pictures of the most-photographed sculpture in Minnesota despite already having dozens of the same photos on my computer already. Also, while walking back from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, I noticed a poem along the inside of the bridge that was as wide as 16 lanes of traffic. Could this be the world's longest poem? That's what the brochure said. I took pictures so, if you care to read it one photo at a time, check out the photos attached to this blog entry. Otherwise, here is the short version minus some puncutation.

and now I cannot remember
how I would have had it
it is not a conduit (confluence?)
but a place
the place, of movement and an order
the place of old order
but the tail end of the movement is new
driving us to say what we are thinking
if is so much like a beach after all
where you stand and think of going no further
and it is good when you get to no further
it is like a reason that picks you up
and places you
where you always wanted to be
this far
it is fair to be crossing, to have crossed
then there is no promise in the other
here it is
steel and air, a molted presence
small panacea and lucky for us
and then it got very cool

by John Ashbery


About this time, I realized I had made a poor choice in footwear today.
Cities 97 Basilica Block Party Partners
The comfy sandals I was wearing had become not-so-comfy and given me a blister on the top each foot. Who gets blisters on the top of their feet? Seriously!?! Anyway, I muddled through the annoying pain while calling myself an idiot for the footwear choice of the day and headed back to the block party to use up the last of my tickets on a lemonade and catch one more performance, "The Minnesota Police Pipe Band". The pipe band performs at police and firefighter funerals, but is also nationally recognized and rated. Gotta love a good pipe band! Both the dancers and the pipe band will also be at my favorite summer festival, the Irish Fair in St. Paul, later this summer (August 7-9).  I decided to leave after the pipe band despite another group, the "Sweet Colleens", but I should be able to see them at the Irish Fair too. Besides, I had to go pick up my new iPod Touch. :)


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Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Cities 97 Basilica Block Party Par…
Cities 97 Basilica Block Party Pa…
Basilica Block Party Entrance
Basilica Block Party Entrance
Basilica Steps and Stage
Basilica Steps and Stage
Block Party Food Stands
Block Party Food Stands
Block Party Food Stands
Block Party Food Stands
Basilica of St. Mary - National Re…
Basilica of St. Mary - National R…
Basilica Entrance
Basilica Entrance
Basilica Crest
Basilica Crest
Basilica Main Stage
Basilica Main Stage
4Given Performing at the Basilica …
4Given Performing at the Basilica…
Smores and Walleye On A Stick
Smores and Walleye On A Stick
More Food
More Food
Watching the stage
Watching the stage
Stage
Stage
Audience
Audience
Stage
Stage
Audience
Audience
Stage
Stage
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Irish Dancers
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary and Stage
Basilica of Saint Mary and Stage
Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party - Minnesota P…
Basilica Block Party - Minnesota …
Basilica Block Party - Minnesota P…
Basilica Block Party - Minnesota …
Basilica Block Party - Minnesota P…
Basilica Block Party - Minnesota …
Leprechaun?
Leprechaun?
Bridge to the Sculpture Garden
Bridge to the Sculpture Garden
Bridge to the Sculpture Garden
Bridge to the Sculpture Garden
Bridge to the Sculpture Garden
Bridge to the Sculpture Garden
Sculpture Garden
Sculpture Garden
Along Came A Spider by Mark di S…
"Along Came A Spider" by Mark di …
Spoonbridge And Cherry by Claes …
"Spoonbridge And Cherry" by Claes…
Spoonbridge And Cherry by Claes …
"Spoonbridge And Cherry" by Claes…
Sculptures
Sculptures
Spoonbridge And Cherry
"Spoonbridge And Cherry"
Spoonbridge And Cherry
"Spoonbridge And Cherry"
Spoonbridge And Cherry
"Spoonbridge And Cherry"
Spoonbridge And Cherry
"Spoonbridge And Cherry"
and now I cannot remember
and now I cannot remember
how I would have had it
how I would have had it
it is not a conduit (confluence?)
it is not a conduit (confluence?)
but a place
but a place
the place, of movement and an order
the place, of movement and an order
the place of old order
the place of old order
but the tail end of the movement i…
but the tail end of the movement …
is new
is new
driving us to say what we are thin…
driving us to say what we are thi…
if is so much like a beach after a…
if is so much like a beach after …
where you stand and think of going…
where you stand and think of goin…
and it is good when you get to no …
and it is good when you get to no…
it is like a reason that picks you…
it is like a reason that picks yo…
and places you
and places you
where you always wanted to be
where you always wanted to be
this far
this far
it is fair to be crossing, to have…
it is fair to be crossing, to hav…
then there is no promise in the ot…
then there is no promise in the o…
here it is
here it is
steel and air, a molted presence
steel and air, a molted presence
small panacea and lucky for us
small panacea and lucky for us
and then it got very cool
and then it got very cool
By John Ashbery
By John Ashbery
View of the Basilica from the Scul…
View of the Basilica from the Scu…
Sculpture Garden Bridge
Sculpture Garden Bridge
Sculpture Garden Bridge
Sculpture Garden Bridge
Rince na Chiroi Irish Dancers per…
The Minnesota Police Pipe Band pe…
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