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... Donald Featherstone, creator of flamingo lawn decor, who just died
The real treat of the day was visiting the Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville Iowa. You must visit the web site. This is a very small town and off the beaten track.
These 2 brothers from Czech Heritage lived and worked into their 80's, carved ...
... pictures we captured on first day in Millennium park : the LED fountain has thousands of LEDs and changes. Other sculptures are optical illusions. Vapianos for dinner, identical in every way to vapianos in Sydney. Around 9 pm we left for the greyhound bus, and at 1040pm boarded an overnighter for Mason City, Iowa. One of our scheduled stops was at the biggest truck stop in the world on the I80 ...
... architecture, one of which is a hotel in downtown that was fully refurbished about 3 years ago. What a beautiful building!!
Tomorrow is one of their big community events, the North Iowa Band Festival parade through downtown. Sheryl and I are hoping to be up early enough to get curbside seats.
So more later.
Who would imagine that two side-by-side Iowa towns would enjoy fame because of two musicians? Mason City because Meredith Willson was born there, and Clear Lake because Buddy Holly died there.
We began our day by heading to Clear Lake to see the Surf Ballroom, where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper had their last show. The mid-century design ...
... the hotel dining room, we wandered around town and stopped for a drink at the Candy Bar Nite Club, a little divey bar in the location of the original Pleazol pool hall. A great way to end a travel day. We went back to our wonderful room and crashed, exhausted from seeing so much corn and soybeans.
Next up... the Buddy Holly and Meredith Willson Industrial Complexes, or what makes Northern Iowa famous.