Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Cruisin’ on Central on a Friday night in Faribault May 22, 2012

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Looking south on Central Avenue during the Faribault Car Cruise Night on Friday.

BY THE TIME my husband and I arrived at the first Faribault Car Cruise Night of the season around 9 p.m. Friday, the last remnants of daylight were morphing into a beautiful inky blue sky of darkness.

Illuminated business signs and lighted storefront windows and the flickering motion of a big screen television in a second floor apartment and the spotlight of streetlights provided enough light to view the few remaining vehicles and to snap a few photos.

Music rocked the 400 and 500 blocks of Central Avenue, and beyond, as we wandered.

Hanging out along Central Avenue during Faribault Car Cruise Night.

Love the colors: the green against blue.

While we’d missed most of the cars and most of the crowd and the poker walk, I didn’t particularly care. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate events like this and checking out all the classic cars and trucks. But on this night, my focus was on the deep, rich shades of that inky blue sky.

The dreamsicle car, Peachy, a 1955 Chevy.

Seriously, do you not love that peachy pastel Chevy contrasting with the blue sky?

The contrast of light and dark, of vivid lime green and creamy dreamsicle orange against that bold blue spoke to the artist in me.

Then, as I shot my final photos, headlights shone like beacons and red taillights blurred as, one by one, the last of the vintage antique and collectible cars slipped into the dark of a balmy and windy evening that felt more like summer than spring in Minnesota.

In a blur of taillights, a vintage car exits Central Avenue.

FYI: Faribault Car Cruise Night is held from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, May – September, in the 400 and 500 blocks of Central Avenue in historic downtown Faribault. I’d advise arriving well before 9 p.m. if you’re more interested in the vehicles than in the darkening sky.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


10 Responses to “Cruisin’ on Central on a Friday night in Faribault”

  1. ceciliag Says:

    fantastic last shot! and the pink against the blue, you guys sure do get out and about! c

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, C. My favorite shot, actually, is the one of the guys leaning against the building with the black car in the foreground. I like the story that one tells. But then again I also like the other images, too, for the contrasting colors. And that last one you like is a fun one also.

      Yes, some weekends we have lots to do around here and last weekend was one of them. On Sunday we took in a Syttende Mai Celebration at an historic church. I’ll have that post online tomorrow.

      This coming weekend we must stay home and prepare for our son’s graduation party, although I expect we will sneak away to attend a Memorial Day program. You see, I’d rather play than work.

  2. Julie Fakler Says:

    Great photos. Are you submitting any of your photography for the car pARTs exhibit at the Paradise? http://www.paradisecenterforthearts.org/gallery/car-parts-call-for-artists/

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Well, now, Julie. I had not even thought of that. Perhaps I should put this on my “to-do” list. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. hotlyspiced Says:

    What a great event. I know my husband definitely would have gone to that and I’d have loved it too. What beautiful cars and they show such a wonderful era in history when we didn’t worry about running out of petrol and having to squeeze into car spaces that are too small or fuel consumption or even wearing a seat belt. Great post Audrey xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, Charlie. If only we’d arrived earlier, I could have shown you a lot more classic vehicles. But then I would have had to contend with people getting in the way of my photography and I would have missed that gorgeous sky. So it all worked out.

  4. Boomdeeadda Says:

    Oh, I was really born toooooo late. Peachy is a dream

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