Yore Place

...in Egg Harbor

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Market Square Warming House - #1106


Fond are the memories of my youth during the 50s and early 60s.   Many hours, day and night, were spent on a marvelous skating rink.   Those were the days, no Ipods, no cellphones, no TVs.........just a bunch of kids making fun.

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin's "Market Square" was the hub for the city's activities from the time the city was founded until the start of the 1960s, after which its surface and philosophy of use was changed and the year round activities moved to different locations throughout the city.  It's 'warming house' was a one of a kind structure built in 1939, built to last with a stone exterior to match the Door County Museum which was built on the other side of the rink (block).  Basically, it was built for a sole use, providing a space to change from street footwear to skates and warming all skaters who needed it.   We would turn in our shoes and boots and get a pin with a number on it that matched the storage box for our footwear.   Sturgeon Bay kids spent many hours skating to the latest songs over the PA system, and socializing in the warming house while trying to warm frozen toes and fingers.

The old warming house is now the offices for the Miller Art Center which is located in the Door County Library across the street.  The skating rink, a blacktopped parking lot.  Today's kids, they have their Ipods, cellphones and TVs.........and now a YMCA, a skating rink located elsewhere and what ever else they may need, but not 'the warming house' and the characters who supervised it.

Original watercolor by PaPa Giz - 12"x18" - #1101 - SOLD - Prints are available.


Yore Place in Egg Harbor