Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dine and Dance

The Empire Dine and Dance is located at 575 Congress Street. Growing up in the 50's, Mom would tell me stories of taking the bus to Congress Street, going shopping at Woolworths and Porteous, Mitchell and Braun with her women friends and having lunch at the counter at her two favorite restaurants the Empire and the Strand. On one trip to the Strand, I was taken along for a special treat. I sat with all the big wig-ladies, dangling my feet in delight and eating a slice of pie. Being the oldest of four, I had lots of these special days with Mom. This one lunch date at the Strand was a keeper. Langston Hughes reminds us all to "hold fast to dreams". I'd add to 'hold fast to those memories' too. 

16 comments:

  1. It is great to hold fast to good memories like you describe.

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  2. Funny. My dad was just regaling us with tales of playing stick ball in the streets of San Francisco as a kid and taking girls out dancing in the 1940s. Memories!

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  3. It must be wonderful to pass by a place and have so many wonderful memories associated with it.
    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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  4. I love doorways and this one is really nice!
    Léia

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  5. Hey Birdman..
    Love this door...I need to find this one!

    Gotta put this on the list though!
    The Mom loved you better than me list, that is. Seems she's got some 'splain' to do!

    Lakeland Checks In!

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  6. are you just rubbing it in to your younger siblings, here? :)

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  7. You're doing the right thing, as always, holding fast.

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  8. I have some very fond memories of shopping with mom. I remember one time we walked two blocks to the main street, got on a bus for the ride downtown, got off in the heart of all those big stores, and stopped for lunch at the counter in Woolworths. Those stores and the buildings that house them don't look so big to the adult eye after visiting places like St. Louis, Chicago, New York and London but they were quite impressive to a 10 year old.

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  9. Good times Birdman, having memories like this makes you realize how very lucky you were.

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  10. Sweet! I relate to these memories, though it was a different place...Yes indeed!

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  11. Love it - I'm a memory fanatic! -- barbara

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  12. Another sweet memory, Birdman.

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  13. That looks like a great place where I'd have happily sat, too.

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  14. I always like posts about memories...

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