Yesterday I saw a post on facecrack from the Red Barn saying that they’re going to be serving up free coney dogs during the Bears game tonight.
I’ll probably get there after the game, but I’m hoping there’s a dog left over for me. Yeah, you’d think after the Peoria Hot Dog Wars, I’d never want to eat another hot dog, but as ragin rr pointed out in the comments the other day, I missed going to the Papaya Dog while I was in New York, so I feel like I owe myself one. Whatever that means. Let’s just get going!
Alright, my work night is done and we're off for two beers and hopefully a coney dog at The Red Barn. The MBIP mobile is pointed towards the corner of Sheridan and Glen...
And here we are at one of my favorite Peoria bars, The Red Barn, a classic Peoria bar.
Check it Out, I think I see a couple of familiar faces in the window already!
And here we are at the bar, time for...
Beer number one, served up by veteran Red Barn bartender, Randy.
And remember those familiar faces in the window? Well, here they are at the bar: MBIP pals and semi-regulars here at Two Beers Thursday Night, Michelle and Todd and that's Tom, grinning behind them at the bar. Good to see all of them, let the party begin!
Speaking of memories, remember the free coney dog offer I wrote about at the beginning, well, it's in play right here at this booth, let's check it out!
Let's call this, "The Diary of a Nude Coney Dog."
Wow, check out the Coney Dog sauce! Randy told me he made it from scratch and it looks and smells delicious!
Dear Diary: Here I am nude, inside of the bun, waiting to be dressed up as tonight's Coney Dog. This is kind of exciting, but I'm also somewhat fearful of what the end result of all this could mean to me.
I feel more comfortable as the onions have partially covered my nude hot dog body, which is encased in this tasty bun.
The mustard is a wee bit chilly, Dear Diary, and it somewhat tickles my intestine-like casing...but what the fuck are you going to do?
Dear Diary...ouch, this coney dog sauce is really hot...eat me you prick!
Yikes, I didn't mean that literally! Help me, Dear Diary...oh nooo....
Sorry about your Coney Dog Diary coming to an end, Mr. Coney Dog, but you sure were delicious! In the meantime, here's a shot of the front of the tap selection for Spike and all you other beer afficianodos out there.
Randy let me walk behind the bar for a rare shot of the taps behind the bar.
And of course we have to get a shot of The Little Nut Hut.
A long shot of the well-worn wooden bar at The Red Barn.
Here's Brian and Stephanie who were seated at the end of the bar. Stephanie told me she reads the MBIP blog which is always nice to hear and Brian is the guitarist for the local band, The Midnight Special, which specializes in songs from when that TV show was on the air. I'll try to make an upcoming gig when they play live and post it here, stay tuned!
This is Farmer Ted, who made this cool Lego building of The Red Barn. He built it in 2010 and it took him 217 pieces of Legos to put it all together. He told me he did the whole project in under two and a half hours. I love it!
Peoria Folklore Theatre Springdale Cemetery Tour This Weekend!
This coming Saturday and Sunday (October 12 and 13), Prairie Folklore Theatre presents its annual tour of one of the most beautiful and oldest cemeteries in the Midwest. Presented by professional actors in period costumes, visitors can meet some of the luminaries from our past. These engaging monologues blend well researched “autobiographies” complete with period music. Each station in the half mile loop promises a pluck on the heartstrings, a spark for the imagination and a bit of wisdom from the past.
This year Prairie Folklore Theatre is celebrating its 11th anniversary with a greatest hits of sorts, picking several of the crowd favorites from the past 10 years. Industrialist Robert Avery, Sculptor Joseph Petarde, Philanthropist Phoebe Buehler, General Isiah Stillman, Educator and Author William Hawley will be reprising some of the more moving portrayals from the past.
Programs start promptly at 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Folks are encouraged to arrive at least ten minutes early to get organized into groups. The tour lasts a little more than an hour. Lawn chairs are encouraged. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 16, and there a family friendly price of $20. Please enter Springdale Cemetery via the main entrance on 3014 North Prospect Road, Peoria, IL.
Please call 309-689-8000 to make reservations, e-mail email@example.com, or visit us online at Prairie Folklore Theatre.