IN A SUMMER THAT FEELS anything but normal due to COVID-19, I welcome distractions. And a sense of semi-normalcy.
For awhile Friday evening, during Faribault Car Cruise Night, I could pretend that we are not in the midst of a global pandemic. The event has been revamped this summer from vehicles parked along Central Avenue to an actual cruise. The June 19 evening cruise started at the Faribault Middle School, leading drivers out of town and around area lakes before heading back to Faribault and finishing on the south end of Central Avenue.
In deciding where to sit, Randy and I intentionally looked for a spot that would keep us clear of crowds. And we found that in front of the Rice County Government Center. The uncrowded setting also allowed me to roam onto the courthouse lawn to take photos.
We waited for nearly an hour from the 6 pm start time to see the first car rolling toward us on Minnesota State Highway 60/Fourth Street. But it was a lovely summer evening to sit outdoors, so we didn’t mind the wait. I did worry, though, about shooting into the sun while photographing the parade of vehicles. And that did prove to be somewhat problematic.
No matter, I got plenty of photos—images which show a sense of community, of fun, of joy. This cruise felt different. Lots of smiles. Hand waving. Showing off by a few drivers.
Many seemed grateful simply to be out on a beautiful Minnesota summer evening.
Adding to the festivities was the music of a lone bagpiper stationed on the courthouse lawn. He stood for awhile next to the Rice County Veterans’ Memorial in a show of respect. I noticed many an appreciative driver and passenger looking his way. The live music definitely added a new dimension to the cruise and I hope will continue.
Mostly, I felt an overwhelming sense of being part of something that was more than a parade of collector, vintage and other vehicles. I felt a sense of togetherness while not together. I felt a spirit of community.
In a summer when nearly every event that brings people together has been canceled, we had this, this escape. For a short time on a Friday evening in June in Faribault.
Please check back for two more posts from the June 18 Faribault Car Cruise Night.
© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
There is something about bagpipes that is annoyingly beautiful. 🙂
That assessment seems fair.
What a great event. I love that they were able to revamp the classic show to a cruising show. I never would have imagined that bagpipes would go with a classic car show but I imagine it added a bit of fun to the event. Glad you had a great time.
The bagpipe music was so unexpected. And beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed the car cruise from a distance.
Thanks for the roll up of the car parade there in your town. A very MN summer tradition. It made my heart smile after weeks of seeing bad news about our great state play out on the international stage. Looks like the weather is beautiful. Here I harvested my first pea pod today and immediately ate it as a snack. Also a very farm kid thing to do, I guess. Hopefully I will produce a blog this afternoon. It has been months…
Be safe and keep humble in these difficult times.
I am happy to share something good. I felt like life was almost “normal” during that time watching and photographing the parade of vehicles. It was a gorgeous summer evening in Minnesota.
I am jealous of your fresh pea pod. I would have done the same. Eaten it directly from the garden. Thanks for bringing back garden memories.
Oh, it tasted so good but I have been really dreaming of DQ recently.☹️
No DQs in the Netherlands? We stopped at a home-grown ice cream shop on Saturday in Owatonna. So good. I asked Randy, “Why does ice cream always taste so much better when you order it from an ice cream shop?”
I think you just killed me! I wish we had DQ but no.
I can get Ben & Jerry’s in thé supermarket but that stuff is expensive.
I’m sorry. Nothing even remotely like DQ?
Not really. Ijs shops here have lines out the door and I just don’t do lines. But, Ben & Jerry’s is a good alternative.😊
I understand the “don’t do lines,” especially now. I don’t like waiting in any line, especially if people are not wearing masks or social distancing. That said, I do not hesitate to ask people to move away from me if they get too close.
I stopped asking people to move away as as soon as they hear I am not Dutch I have had a few start yelling at me for being rude for asking them to move.
I’m sorry. Their rudeness is unkind.
It isn’t everyone but just a couple of rude people can over ride an entire population of kindness. Make people not want to participate or voice an opinion. Discrimination happens everywhere in every corner of the world. We all must try our very best to stomp it out! It would help greatly if leaders of nations would set the good examples.
Yup, totally agree with your comment, with the final part underlined and boldfaced.
So which way do you like better, the drive-by or the parked cars? You featured some pretty sweet cars, what a fun evening for you and Randy AND the community 🙂
I like both. But this year, definitely the drive-by. Works great in a global pandemic. I’m sure we could have walked around downtown afterwards and looked. But you’re not going to find me in a crowd. Just not a good idea right now.
I’m glad you were able to attend this event and had a good time…enjoying the beautiful Minnesota summer evening. So good for just about anything outdoors.
It was an absolutely lovely evening to be outdoors. And I know how very much you appreciate the outdoors and enjoy nature.
A good bagpipe player is the perfect addition for any parade!
He certainly was here. It’s not often I get to hear a bagpipe player.
Given my Scottish heritage, I love them so much and no, don’t hear them very often.
That makes sense…