Today’s image for Becky’s September Squares ‘In the Pink’ photo challenge was taken at the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale, Illinois.
This rather poignant figure is one of a series of Dungeons & Dragons characters in a park that was dedicated by a father to a much-loved son who was killed in a car accident at 19 years of age. For more on this touching tribute see Dungeons and Dragons in Carbondale. For more on Becky’s September Squares photo challenge go to Hello September!
Another side trip that we took, as a result of our recent visit to Marion, Illinois, was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale. This park is a father’s touching tribute to his son, killed in an automobile accident in 1993, at the young age of 19 years. Jeremy “Boo” Rochman was a great fan of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and his love of this game was the inspiration for the park’s theme.
Everywhere you look, there are sculpted figures based on the characters in the game.
There’s an awesome castle for kids to explore, with all kinds of creatures lurking inside and outside the walls.
If you look carefully, you may see a fairy or a winged horse.
AND HERE BE DRAGONS!!
I managed to squeeze through a narrow opening in the castle to watch as this skillful artist added some colorful figures to one of the walls.
And while you’re walking around the park, don’t forget to look up in the trees. You never know what could be watching you from up above.
This private park at 31 Homewood Drive in Carbondale is open to the public from 9am to dusk. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
If you are ever in the Carbondale area of Illinois and you have some time to spare, I strongly urge you to pay a visit to this park. I get very emotional about memorials such as this and couldn’t help shedding a few tears, thinking about this young man, cut down in his prime, who might possibly have been looking down with a smile at all the young children (and adults) who were there enjoying this delightful fantasy world.
During our visit to Marion, recently, we took a tour of the Williamson County Historical Society Jail Museum and Library. From the basement to the attics, every inch of the building is used to display interesting artifacts from a bygone era. I was also on the lookout for doors and there were several that caught my eye.
The museum is housed in the former Sheriff’s residence which was also the local jail (more of this in a future post) and not only can you see the original cells but also re-creations of a local bank, grocery store, doctor’s office and school room, amongst other things. As I said, they utilize every scrap of space and we were amazed at how much they had managed to cram into four floors. It was one of the most interesting historical museums that we have ever visited. After spending some time at the museum we drove on to Carbondale where we stopped at a gas station for a fill-up and I couldn’t resist getting a shot of some restaurant doors nearby.
Our reason for visiting Carbondale was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park, a father’s touching tribute to a 19-year-old son who was tragically killed in a car accident. Jeremy was a great fan of Dungeons and Dragons and the park is filled with characters from this popular game (the subject of another future post.)
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/thursday-doors-october-12-2017/