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‘Bubble And Squeak’

As I watched the flame-charred Elks Building smoldering into ashes, I began to recall all the many great times I had experienced within its old brick walls. One of my secret musical goals had always been to perform at Friar Tuck’s, and after moving back after being away for 13 years, my dream came true. The White House was cool, but Friar Tuck’s always seemed cooler. Tuck’s had become our town’s meeting house, where we shared countless years of good cheer and gentle-to-the-ear “live” quality music, sipped fine wine, drank stout beer, indulged in favorite fondues, like Friar’s “Bubble & Squeak” – all the while entertaining the thought of riding home in the horse-drawn carriage waiting outside.

Next door to Tuck’s, the Herb Shop grew, from Laura’s stylish contemporary clothing and treasures to Lovie’s musical underground warehouse of local, current and vintage recordings. I always appreciated the little Herb deli for a good bite and, on special magical days, Tarot card readings.

And around the corner, “Angry Housewives” was at the Off Broad Street theater, which I really wanted to see …

“You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone,” sang Joni Mitchell. And as Nevada City moves from the past into the future, I am reminded of the visionary people in this town who continue to have the courage to dream and to rebuild that dream.

Wishing all the best to those whose lives have been altered in some way by the Elks Building blaze …

Kimberly Bass

Nevada City

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