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U is for Urbana, IL, Prairie and Krannert Center, A to Z Challenge 2013

Prairie Fluff, Urbana, IL
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Prairie Fluff, Urbana, IL. Photo by Wayne Stratz, October 1994.

U is for Urbana, IL, where Stratoz and I lived from 1993-1995 while I went to Library School.  There were two discoveries living in Urbana: Meadowbrook Park Prairie Restoration, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Urbana Prairie Stalk. Photo by Wayne Stratz, November 1994.
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Urbana Prairie Stalk. Photo by Wayne Stratz, November 1994.

Though I had grown up in Alberta, a prairie province, I was from the city, and thought of prairie as a flat space to plant wheat, or in the case of Illinois, corn and soybeans.

Meadowbrook Park, Urbana Prairie. Photo by Wayne Stratz, October 1994.
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Meadowbrook Park, Urbana Prairie. Photo by Wayne Stratz, October 1994.

Stratoz gravitates to natural places, and walked the Urbana Prairie restoration in Meadowbrook Park many times.  Sometimes I went along, and learned about the essence of prairie, the plants, birds and animals that make up this ecosystem.  Many volunteers have worked on this restoration and the red-winged blackbirds must be pleased.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL. Photo by Margaret Almon, 1995.
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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL. Architect Max Abramovitz(1969) Photo by Margaret Almon, 1995.

The other discovery was the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a dramatic brick structure designed by Max Abramovitz in 1969 for the University of Illinois.  The window of our student apartment bedroom looked out on the Krannert, and made for a majestic neighbor.  Shortly after we moved in, the Krannert was hit by lightning in one of the many storms that created tornado warnings, and a patch of bricks fell to the ground.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL. Architect Max Abramovitz(1969) Photo by Margaret Almon, 1995.
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Our neighbor: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL. Architect Max Abramovitz(1969) Photo by Margaret Almon, 1995.

I bought student tickets to attend plays, concerts and dance at the Krannert, and Stratoz and I would walk across the street and be enveloped by the arts, and creative expression.

My previous A to Z posts.

More images on my A to Z Challenge 2013 Pinterest Board.

A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

 

 

 

One comment

  1. Snowcatcher says:

    You’ve given me a sneak peak into a place I’ve never ventured. I, too, would have been walking the natural places, camera in hand!

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