I’ve done a lot of posts about Racine before so won’t write much – just share some pictures of the day in early March I took the Florida ladies north.
The spaceship-like building is the Golden Rondelle Theater which was originally the SC Johnson exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City (which my mom, brother and I actually were at). After the Fair, they brought it back to their headquarters in Racine and rebuilt it. They have specialty movies showing and we often took people there who visited from out of town.
And we ate at a restaurant I had never been to before.
Notice the ice-fisherman in the one picture – truly an isolated spot out in nature.
So ever since I’ve worked at Awana, my friend Sue has heard me talk about Racine. (Well, actually when she first met me, I still lived in Racine) For the past year or so we’ve been attempting to find a day we could go visit.
We chose yesterday and oh, what a great day for walking (and wading) along the shore.
As an added bonus, I found two up-north munchkins hanging around town with their other cousin – so we took them out to breakfast.
Then we did the lake tour – Wind Point Lighthouse, North Beach (voted one of the 10 best beaches in America) and Reefpoint Marina where we also enjoyed lunch on the balcony of Spinnakers overlooking the water.
And added plus – I unexpectedly ran into a friend. We haven’t been out of contact THAT long – she and her husband came to Ken’s memorial service, but it’s been a few years. Good to catch up with her.
We did the kringle run, but instead of getting kringle from O&H like I usually do, we went to Larsen’s which claim THEY are the first kringle bakery in Racine. Both are good. When I worked at Commitments (across the street), Barbara Bush came to Racine for the single purpose of visitng Larsens and eating kringle. I have a copy of the Racine Journal Times with her picture in it.
And since we were right across the street, we walked over to Commitments. They have a new owner (ten weeks and counting), but said we missed the old owner (my boss) by three minutes. She had been by for a lunch date. (Commitments is a Christian bookstore – I worked there part time for about a year and a half before we moved.)
Besides the lake and kringle, Racine has another claim to fame: Johnson’s Wax. The administration building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but I had never been on a tour until we moved and went back for a day with Marv and Marjo.
But I have been in Johnson’s Wax Golden Rondelle many times – a theater that was originally built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City where they showed the movie To Be Alive to an estimated 5 million people. After the fair was over, they took it apart and brought it back to the Johnson Wax Headquarters.
Sometimes it seemed as if we personally had seen the movie five million times. Every time someone visited us, we’d take them to the lake — and then to the Golden Rondelle. This visit, we couldn’t get inside – it’s only open on Fridays.