|Road Trips 2
After the book festival, I went up to Green Bay for the weekend. Of course, I had to check out the construction at Lambeau Field, where they are installing new scoreboards and adding a new section of seats. Here's how the stadium looked on April 16.
Most of the people who grew up in Green Bay when I did spend a lot of time talking about the old downtown--Prange's department store, Woolworth's, Kaap's restaurant, bakery, and candy store, and the clothing store my parents managed, Newman's. (You'll read about those places in Incomplete Passes.) All of those are gone now. A lot of the buildings were razed to make room for a downtown shopping center, the Port Plaza Mall, and a pedestrian walkway. The experiment did not work, and the big mall itself was demolished this spring. This block of Washington Street still resembles the downtown of the '50s and '60s, but the stores have different names.
Before I returned to Cincinnati, I had one more book signing, at BayShore Books in Oconto, about a half hour north of Green Bay, on the western shore of the bay. This is a sweet little store. It carries both new and used books, including local-interest titles. I found a lot of my all-time favorites on the shelves there.