Friday, May 7, 2010
Remember the song Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie? "You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant." Not quite. That's because Alice's Restaurant is now the Guthrie Center. It's still very active with "comins and goins", but not the usual restaurant crowd.
We arrived just after the weekly Wed. community free lunch. Just our luck! But it's a nice thing to do for the locals. Everyone is respected here. It doesn't matter your race, religion, politics, nationality, or whatever. You're welcome. Whoever said that there's no such thing as a free lunch?
Besides the free lunch there's an emphasis on fund raising for Huntington's Disease. Arlo's father, Woody Guthrie died from Huntinton's. They hold an annual event called "The Walk-A-Thon To Cure Huntington's Disease." There's also the "Thanksgiving Dinner That Can't Be Beat," for families, friends, doctors, and scientists who live and work with Huntington's Disease.
There are spring, summer, and fall "Revivals," where Arlo and guest performers sing and play, to replenish the building and its foundation. Every Thursday is a Hootenanny. There's also room for meeting space for things like Interfaith yoga, meditation and prayer and support programs for families and friends living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illness.
So you can get what's important at Alice's Restaurant. At the least you will experience hope, that there can be a better world.