Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chicagoing: Enjoying An Old-Fashioned Vaudeville Carnival

 The other weekend we awoke to find an old-fashioned, vaudeville carnival landed smack dab in the middle of our local neighborhood park. Flanked by a view of the Hancock on one side and the a huge historical church on the other, the 2 big top tents, carnival midway, rides and fire-blowers transformed our local Chicago neighborhood into something more magical.
 This was the first year for the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements festival in Eckart park. The big tents had indie music and European circus acts, and there was also a small section of Renegade crafts, Farmers Market booths, carnival midway games and rides, and vaudeville performers roaming the grounds.

 We were extra excited we just received our new Gatsby-esque Silly Buddy polka-dot bowties (worn as a pink 'hairbow' by Miss M) and the pooches dressed appropriately for the occasion. Of course, a couple of pit bulls in bowties had a lot of people curious, and they received a lot of attention and petting. Coupled with their good posing and behavior, some people even thought they were part of the acts.
 We even had our friend Nabi from Sociabulls join Miss M for an early morning walk to benefit rebuilding the playground at Eckhart park. Though Nabi was all smiles, Miss M didn't seem so happy about having to get up so early in the morning.
Though some of the carnival workers were charmed by our pups and gave them each a small plush toy (which was later reclaimed by Mr. B).

18 comments:

Two Crazy Coaches said...

Poor Miss M! She looks like she lost her best friend in that last photo!

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

Amazing! I love E's hat - so appropriate!

waldobungie said...

That is so funny that you had a vaudeville carnival in your neighborhood - I love that E dressed the part as well! You guys are always doing such fun things with your dogs! I love it!

Froggy said...

Wow Miss M looked really unhappy! Nabi is such a sweetheart!! Can we get some pics of Mr B with his pirate booty of toys?

loveandaleash said...

your part of town is so full of fun surprises :)

Tucker The Crestie said...

Aww, Miss M. Sometimes her facial expressions just kill me! How fun was that, though? And the bowties were so perfect!

Jacquelin Cangro said...

I love those Gatsby-esque collars. Looking so dapper Mr. B. I saw your photo on FB with the lifesize "stuffie" and I have to say that I don't think you'll be able to fit that in your tent.

Greer Goings said...

I don't know who looks more dapper...Mr. B or E! Wish I could have joined you all, looks like it was lots of fun but I had a 2 year old birthday party to attend in the burbs:) See you soon!

Christine said...

Nabi loved her girls' day out with Miss M!

Amy said...

I really like the looks of the dogs' harnesses. Are they new?

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

That's so fun that a carnival randomly popped up!

Two Pitties in the City said...

We used to walk the pooches on their harnesses more often, but now we like their matching Sirius martingale and leash sets. But when they wear the harnesses you can see their bowties even better.

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Ms M the sad expression. You don't want to go home yet?
Benny & Lily

In Black and White said...

Looks like a great day! I wasn't organized enough to fit in a trip to Eckart at the weekend but I heard lots of good things. Mike Reed is totally my hero, not only does he find the time to be an amazing musician and a great human being, he goes and puts together all these fantastic events! I feel so lazy right around now...

brooke said...

That is so cool! How fun that it was dog friendly too!
E is dressed perfectly for the occasion (along with Miss M and Mr B)!

Roo said...

How cool is that! To have a carnival pop up in your own neighborhood! Super! :D The bow tie collars were great :)

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Daisy Dog said...

Love the bowties :)

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

How fun a carnival in your own neighborhood. I like Mr. B's bow tie and Ms. M's hair bow..cute.

Mom took me to a street festival once and I got to share an elephant ear with her. Sometimes we go to our areas once a month festival when it's not to hot or rainy, but they don't have the yummy elephant ears.

Emma

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